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Baltimore City Council votes to send $15 minimum wage bill back to committee

The Baltimore City Council is sending a bill to raise the minimum wage to $15 back to committee following a vote Monday evening. Councilwoman Mary Pat Clarke, the bill’s sponsor, called for the vote. The amendment to be added will clarify wage stipulations for persons with disabilities.

Monday’s 8-6-1 vote means the controversial bill “lives on another day,” Clarke said, and will head back to the council’s Labor Committee for more revisions. Clarke said there will also be more public hearings so she can hear from others who may have concerns about this draft of the bill.

Clarke said the National League of the Blind and Disabled contacted her last week about concerns with the bill. Pursuant to federal law, persons with disabilities get certificates which allow them to be paid at rates lower than the minimum wage. But Maryland lawmakers passed a bill, which goes into effect in October 2020, Clarke said, ending the recognition of such certificates and allowing those people to be paid the local minimum wage.

Read the full article from the Baltimore Business Journal.

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