March 18, 2006 - Posted at 8:51 p.m. CST
HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) _ Promoters of a constitutional amendment
to raise the state's minimum wage made a pitch today to members of
the Arkansas Democratic Party's state committee.
Party spokesman Bart Haynie says the 180 of 420 committee
members were on hand in Hot Springs for the meeting. The members
were encouraged to return home and have their county committees
take a position.
The member heard from the Reverend Stephen Copley, who chairs
the coalition Give Arkansas A Raise Now. The group is gathering
signatures for a proposed constitutional amendment to raise the
minimum wage from five-dollars-15-cents per hour to
There is also a move to pass a law, rather than an amendment, to
put the raise in effect.