House Committee Approves Bill to Hike Minimum Wage

APRIL 5, 2005 - Posted at 4:04 p.m. CST

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Legislation raising Arkansas' minimum wage from $5.15 an hour to $5.75 an hour passed a House committee today.  The bill was endorsed by the House Public Health, Welfare & Labor Committee after its sponsor changed it to raise the minimum wage by 60 cents instead of $1.

The bill was also changed to stipulate that it does not affect minimum wage waiters and waitresses who operate on a tipping system.  Representatives of the AFL-CIO spoke in favor of the bill as did two members of the Little Rock City Board of Directors.

Representatives of the Arkansas Hospitality Industry spoke against the legislation.  The bill next goes to the House floor.

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