2012 Minimum Wage Legislation

Summary

Six states passed laws relating to minimum wage issues during the 2012 legislative session, including carry-over measures from 2011. The only state to adopt an increase in the minimum wage in 2012 was Rhode Island, which raised the state minimum wage to $7.75 beginning January 1, 2013.  Minimum wage legislation was considered by 29 states in 2012. 
 


Enacted 2012 Minimum Wage Bills

California passed a law providing for a cause of action for damages for failure to pay the state or federal minimum wage. (AB 240, 2011)
 
Maine enacted a law allowing employers to seek a subminimum wage certificate for employees with disabilities, with the wage to be commensurate with their abilities in comparison to the abilities of a person without disabilities to perform the same job.  (HP 1279/LD 1729, 2012)
 
Michigan enacted a law that prison inmates who are assigned to the production of goods or services used solely within state correctional facilities are not subject to the prevailing or minimum wage. (HB 5658, 2012)
 
New Hampshire repealed their state minimum wage. The bill was vetoed by the Governor but the Legislature overrode the veto and the measure became law.  (HB 133, 2011)
 
Pennsylvania passed a law exempting air carriers from paying overtime to employees if the overtime hours were caused by voluntary shift-trading of hours by airline employees. (HB 1820)
 
Rhode Island passed identical House and Senate bills raising the minimum wage to $7.75 per hour, beginning January 1, 2013. (SB 2374, HB 7396)

 


2012 Introduced and Enacted Minimum Wage Bills

(year-end summary; includes active carry-over bills)
 
CALIFORNIA
CA A 10
Sponsor:            Alejo (D)
Title:                   Minimum Wage: Annual Adjustment
Status:               Failed
Summary:         Provides for an adjustment to the hourly minimum wage on a specified date, and annually thereafter, to maintain employee purchasing power. Prohibits the Industrial Welfare Commission from adjusting the minimum wage downward and from adjusting the minimum wage upward if the average percentage of inflation for the previous year was negative. Requires the commission to publicize the automatically adjusted minimum wage.
02/01/2012       Died pursuant to Art. IV, Sec. 10(c) of the Constitution.
 
CA A 196
Sponsor:            Alejo (D)
Title:                   Minimum Wage: Annual Adjustment
Status:               Failed
Summary:         Increases the state minimum wage as of a specified data. Provides for an adjustment to the hourly minimum wage on a specified date, and annually thereafter, to maintain employee purchasing power. Calculates the automatically adjusted minimum wage using the State Consumer Price Index. Prohibits the Industrial Welfare Commission from adjusting the wage downward and from adjusting the wage upward if the average percentage of inflation for the previous year was negative. Requires publicizing the wage.
02/01/2012       Died pursuant to Art. IV, Sec. 10(c) of the Constitution.
 
CA A 240
Sponsor:            Bonilla (D)
Title:                   Compensation Recovery Actions: Liquidated Damages
Status:               Enacted 09/07/2011. Chapter 272.
Summary:         Permits an employee to recover liquidated damages during a hearing pursuant to a complaint brought before the Labor Commissioner alleging payment of less than the minimum wage fixed by an order of the Industrial Welfare Commission or by statute.
09/07/2011       Signed by Governor. Chaptered by Secretary of State. Chapter No. 272
 
CA A 1439
Sponsor:            Alejo (D)
Title:                   Minimum Wage: Annual Adjustment
Status:               Failed - Adjourned
Summary:         Provides for an annual adjustment to the hourly minimum wage using the state Consumer Price Index; prohibit the Industrial Welfare Commission from adjusting the minimum wage downward and from adjusting the minimum wage upward if the average percentage of inflation for the previous year. Requires the Industrial Welfare Commission to publicize the automatically adjusted minimum wage. Provides that the commission may increase the minimum wage in an amount greater than the formula would provide.
05/25/2012       In Assembly Committee on Appropriations: Held in committee.
 
CONNECTICUT
CT H 5291
Sponsor:            Joint Committee on Labor and Public Employees
Title:                   Minimum Wage
Status:               Failed - Adjourned
Summary:         Increases the minimum wage, removes the minimum wage tip credit, and increases penalties for failure to pay the minimum wage; raises the minimum wage and base future raises on the consumer price index, removes the tip credit, and increases penalties for failure to pay the minimum wage.
04/27/2012       Reissued by Legislative Commissioner's Office with File No. 596
 
DELAWARE
DE S 163
Sponsor:            Marshall R (D)
Title:                   Minimum Wage
Status:               Pending
Summary:         Relates to the minimum wage.
01/24/2012       From Senate Committee on Labor and Industrial Relations: Reported favorably.
 
FLORIDA
FL S 2106
Sponsor:            Senate Commerce & Tourism Committee
Title:                   Tipped Employees
Status:               Failed
Summary:         Relates to tipped employees; authorizes an employer to elect to guarantee that all tipped employees receive a wage, including tips, equal to a minimum percentage of the state minimum wage; requires that the employer make the election in writing and prominently display it in the employers premises; provides that the employer is subject to civil actions and fines if the employer fails to pay a tipped employee the wage guaranteed under the act.
03/09/2012       In Senate. Died in committee.
 
FL S 7210
Sponsor:            Senate Commerce & Tourism Committee
Title:                   Tipped Employees
Status:               Failed - Adjourned
Summary:         Relates to tipped employees; authorizes an employer to elect to guarantee that all tipped employees receive a wage, including tips, equal to a minimum percentage of the state minimum wage; requires that the employer make the election in writing and prominently display it in the employers premises.
02/02/2012       Provisionally Filed.
 
GEORGIA
GA H 97
Sponsor:            Brooks (D)
Title:                   Minimum Wage Law
Status:               Failed - Adjourned
Summary:         Provides for a substantive and comprehensive reform of provisions regarding the minimum wage law; provides for legislative findings; provides for an increase in the minimum wage; provides for annual minimum wage increases to match the rising cost of living; provides a credit toward the minimum wage for employers of tipped workers; eliminates various eligibility exemptions from the minimum wage; provides for related matters; provides an effective date and applicability; repeals conflicting laws.
01/31/2011       To House Committee on Industrial Relations.
 
HAWAII
HI H 1682
Sponsor:            Takumi (D)
Title:                   Minimum Wage
Status:               Failed - Adjourned
Summary:         Increases minimum wage to $7.75 for 2012 and $8.25 from 07/01/2013 effective 07/01/2012          .
01/24/2012       In Committee: Measure Deferred.
 
HI H 1691
Sponsor:            Rhoads (D)
Title:                   Minimum Wage
Status:               Failed - Adjourned
Summary:         Bases the minimum wage on the federal poverty level for a family of 2 persons for Hawaii, beginning 1/1/13.
01/27/2012       To House Committee on Economic Revitalization and Business.
 
HI S 459
Sponsor:            Galuteria (D)
Title:                   Short Form Bill - Minimum Wage
Status:               Failed - Adjourned
Summary:         Relates to minimum Wage.
01/24/2011       To Senate Committee on Judiciary and Labor.
 
HI S 610
Sponsor:            Galuteria (D)
Title:                   Labor
Status:               Failed - Adjourned
Summary:         Enacts the universal living wage as the minimum wage if the calculation yields a higher dollar amount per hour than the statutorily specified minimum wage; takes effect 1/1/2012      .
01/24/2011       To Senate Committee on Judiciary and Labor.
 
HI S 613
Sponsor:            Galuteria (D)
Title:                   State Minimum Wage
Status:               Failed - Adjourned
Summary:         Establishes new minimum wage rate and provides for upward adjustment of that rate yearly based on the consumer price index for urban wage earners and clerical workers.
01/24/2011       To Senate Committee on Judiciary and Labor.
 
HI S 759
Sponsor:            Fukunaga (D)
Title:                   Tip Credit
Status:               Failed - Adjourned
Summary:         Allows employers to increase the tip credit by changing it from a fixed amount to a percentage of hourly tips claimed by the employee as income; ensures that employees subject to a tip credit earn three times the amount of tip income over the minimum wage as the tip credit; ensures that the tip credit keeps pace with future minimum wage increases; increases the amount of tips reported as taxable income.
01/24/2011       To Senate Committee on Judiciary and Labor.
 
HI S 844
Sponsor:            Slom (R)
Title:                   Minimum Wage for Tipped Employees
Status:               Failed - Adjourned
Summary:         Clarifies the reduction in minimum wage levels for tipped employees.
01/24/2011       To Senate Committee on Judiciary and Labor.
 
HI S 2203
Sponsor:            Hee (D)
Title:                   Minimum Wage
Status:               Failed - Adjourned
Summary:         Increases minimum wage to $7.75 for 2012 and $8.25 from 07/01/2013.
02/02/2012       In Senate. Read second time. Committee amendment adopted. Senate Draft 1.
 
ILLINOIS
IL H 4433
Sponsor:            Madigan (D)
Title:                   Minimum Wage Law
Status:               Pending
Summary:         Amends the Minimum Wage Law; makes a technical change in the short title.
03/30/2012       Rereferred to House Committee on Rules.
 
IL H 5729
Sponsor:            Golar (D)
Title:                   Minimum Wage Law
Status:               Pending
Summary:         Amends the Minimum Wage Law; provides that a lower minimum wage for individuals whose earning capacity is impaired by age or by physical or mental deficiency or injury may not be less than 70% of the basic minimum wage; provides that a special license issued by the Director of Labor to provide for a lower minimum wage may be only for a period of 6 months unless granted for a longer period based upon a showing of good cause.
02/16/2012       To House Committee on Rules.
 
IL S 68
Sponsor:            Silverstein (D)
Title:                   Human Rights Act
Status:               Pending
Summary:         Amends the Human Rights Act; provides that the employment discrimination Article of the Act applies to domestic workers; amends the Minimum Wage Law; provides that the overtime provisions of the Law apply to domestic workers; amends the One Day Rest In Seven Act; provides that every person employed as a domestic worker shall be allowed at least 24 consecutive hours of rest in
07/02/2012       Rule 3-9(b)/ Re-referred to Assignments Committee.
 
IL S 1565
Sponsor:            Lightford (D)
Title:                   Minimum Wage Law
Status:               Pending
Summary:         Amends the Minimum Wage Law; provides for fewer limitations on the definition of employee; Provides a procedure for increasing the minimum wage annually to restore the minimum wage to its historic level and thereafter increasing the minimum wage by the increase in the cost of living during the preceding year; deletes language pertaining to temporary or irregular employees and employees under the age of 18.
07/01/2012       Rule 3-9(b)/ Re-referred to Assignments Committee.
 
IL S 1916
Sponsor:            Trotter (D)
Title:                   Minimum Wage Law
Status:               Pending
Summary:         Amends the Minimum Wage Law; provides that no certified nursing assistant shall be required to work mandated overtime except in cases of an unforeseen emergent circumstance when such overtime is required only as a last resort, and only 4 additional hours in such cases; provides that when a certified
03/18/2011       Rereferred to Senate Committee on Assignments.
 
IL S 3627
Sponsor:            Althoff (R)
Title:                   Minimum Wage Law
Status:               Pending
Summary:         Amends the Minimum Wage Law; provides that overtime compensation provisions of the Law do not apply to any employee who is a member of a bargaining unit recognized by the Labor Relations Board and whose union has contractually agreed to an alternate shift schedule as allowed by specified provisions of
05/17/2012       To House Committee on Rules.
 
IOWA
IA H 2196
Sponsor:            Murphy (D)
Title:                   State Minimum Wage
Status:               Failed - Adjourned
Summary:         Increases the state minimum wage from $7.25 to $8.80 as of January 1, Code section 91D.1 provides that an employer is not required to pay an employee the applicable state hourly wage until the employee has completed 90 calendar days of employment with the employer; provides that an employee who has completed 90 calendar days of employment with the employer prior to January 1, 2013, shall earn the applicable state hourly minimum wage as of that date.
02/02/2012       To House Committee on Labor.
 
IA S 2040
Sponsor:            Courtney (D)
Title:                   State Minimum Wage
Status:               Failed - Adjourned
Summary:         Increases the state minimum wage from $7.25 to $8.75 as of July 1, 2012, and to $10.00 as of January 1, 2013; provides that an employer is not required to pay an employee the applicable state hourly wage until the employee has completed 90 calendar days of employment with the employer; provides that an employee who has completed 90 calendar days of employment with the employer prior to July 1, 2012, or January 1, 2013, shall earn the applicable state hourly minimum wage as of that date.
01/19/2012       To Senate Committee on Labor and Business Relations.
 
KANSAS
KS H 2592
Sponsor:            House Commerce and Economic Development Committee
Title:                   Void City Ordinances
Status:               Failed - Adjourned
Summary:         Relates to public policy; declares city ordinances and county resolutions that require employers to provide employees any leave from work, either with or without pay, unless such leave is required by state or federal law or pay compensation at any rate higher than the minimum wage as void.
02/02/2012       To House Committee on Local Government.
 
MAINE
ME H 340
Sponsor:            Tuttle (D)
Title:                   Minimum Wage
Status:               Failed
Summary:         Requires the minimum wage to increase to $7.75 per hour starting October 1, 2011 and $8.00 per hour starting October 1, 2012.
05/25/2011       Senate adopts Majority Committee Report: Ought not to pass.
 
ME H 1279
Sponsor:            Senator Rector
Title:                   Minimum Wage Laws (HP 1279/LD 1729)
Status:               Enacted 03/05/2012               . Chapter 483.
Summary:         Updates current law to parallel requirements relating to the federal minimum wage outlined in Section 14(c) of the federal Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938; permits the issuance of a certificate to an employer for the hiring of one or more persons with disabilities at a rate commensurate with the ability of those persons to perform the duties required in comparison to the ability of a person without disabilities to perform the same job.
03/05/2012       Signed by Governor. Public Law No. 483.
 
ME LR 1655
Sponsor:            Tuttle (D)
Title:                   Minimum Wage Increase
Status:               Failed - Adjourned
Summary:         Raises the minimum wage.
02/09/2011       Assigned House Paper number 340 and LD 447
 
ME LR 1989
Sponsor:            Berry (D)
Title:                   Minimum Wage
Status:               Failed - Adjourned
Summary:         Amends the minimum wage.
01/13/2011       Filed.
 
ME LR 2550
Sponsor:            Agency and Department
Title:                   Minimum Wage Law and Disabilities
Status:               Failed - Adjourned
Summary:         Clarifies the Minimum Wage Law as it relates to people with disabilities.
01/03/2012       Assigned House Paper number 1279 and LD 1729
 
MASSACHUSETTS
MA H 2291
Sponsor:            Cabral (D)
Title:                   Minimum Wage
Status:               Pending
Summary:         Increases the minimum wage.
08/16/2012       From Joint Committee on Labor and Workforce Development: Accompanied Study Order H 4398.
 
MA H 2313
Sponsor:            Winslow D (R)
Title:                   Seasonal Employees Under Twenty Years of Age
Status:               Pending
Summary:         Establishes a minimum wage for certain seasonal employees under twenty years of age.
08/23/2012       From Joint Committee on Labor and Workforce Development: Accompanied Study Order H 4409.
 
MA HD 2273
Sponsor:            Winslow D (R)
Title:                   Teen Minimum Wage
Status:               Pending
Summary:         Establishes a Teen Minimum Wage to Encourage Seasonal Employment.
01/21/2011       Assigned House Bill No. 2313
 
MA HD 2988
Sponsor:            Cabral (D)
Title:                   Strong Minimum Wage
Status:               Pending
Summary:         Promotes the Commonwealth's economic recovery with a strong minimum wage.
01/21/2011       Assigned House Bill No. 2291
 
MA S 951
Sponsor:            Pacheco (D)
Title:                   Economic Recovery With Strong Minimum Wage
Status:               Pending
Summary:         Promotes the Commonwealth's economic recovery with a strong minimum wage.
04/05/2012       To Senate Committee on Ways and Means.
 
MA SD 924
Sponsor:            Pacheco (D)
Title:                   Economic Recovery with a Strong Minimum Wage
Status:               Pending
Summary:         Promotes the Commonwealth's economic recovery with a strong minimum wage.
01/21/2011       Assigned Senate Bill No. 951
 
MICHIGAN
MI H 5624
Sponsor:            Tlaib (D)
Title:                   Consumer Price Index
Status:               Pending
Summary:         Increases minimum wage; increases index to consumer price index.
05/15/2012       To House Committee on Commerce.
 
MI H 5658
Sponsor:            Haveman (R)
Title:                   Inmate Labor
Status:               Enacted 06/26/2012               . Chapter 261.
Summary:         Provides the production of goods or services solely used within a correctional facility or institution are not subject to the prevailing or minimum wage.
06/26/2012       Signed by Governor. Public Act No. 261.
 
MI S 1177
Sponsor:            Johnson B (D)
Title:                   Minimum Wage
Status:               Pending
Summary:         Increases minimum wage and index to consumer price index.
06/12/2012       To Senate Committee on Government Operations.
 
MINNESOTA
MN H 1755
Sponsor:            Loon (R)
Title:                   Restaurants
Status:               Failed - Adjourned
Summary:         Relates to restaurants; provides for the Restaurant Recovery and Jobs Creation Act; expands the sales tax exemption for certain meals and drinks; expands the capital equipment exemption; provides for the application of gratuities in calculating the minimum wage; modifies the calculation of unemployment taxes; modifies license fees.
05/22/2011       To House Committee on Health and Human Services Finance.
 
MN H 2284
Sponsor:            Winkler (DFL)
Title:                   Workforce Development
Status:               Failed - Adjourned
Summary:         Relates to workforce development; designates the Middle Class Jobs Act; provides for early warnings; modifies sick leave; amends business subsidy disclosure requirements; clarifies workplace communications; modifies minimum wage requirements; creates penalties.
02/15/2012       To House Committee on Jobs and Economic Development Finance.
 
MN H 2446
Sponsor:            Winkler (DFL)
Title:                   Workforce Development
Status:               Failed - Adjourned
Summary:         Large employers with annual gross sales above $750,000 must pay a minimum wage equal to the quotient of the amount equal to 35 percent of the median household income for Minnesota as calculated annually by the United States Census Bureau, divided by 2,080, beginning January 1, 2013, and at an hourly rate at least equal to the quotient of the amount equal to 50 percent of the median household income for Minnesota as calculated annually by the United States Census Bureau divided by 2,080 beginning January 1, 2014.  Small employers with annual gross sales of less than $750,000 must pay a minimum wage equal to 80 percent of the rate calculated for large employers, beginning January 1, 2013.
02/22/2012       To House Committee on Jobs and Economic Development Finance.
 
MN H 2859
Sponsor:            Loon (R)
Title:                   Employment
Status:               Failed - Adjourned
Summary:         Provides for the application of gratuities in calculating the minimum wage.
03/14/2012       To House Committee on Jobs and Economic Development Finance.
 
MN H 3043
Sponsor:            Hortman (DFL)
Title:                   Human Services
Status:               Failed - Adjourned
Summary:         Relates to human services; creates the Family Economic Security Act; increases minimum wage rates; modifies child care assistance; provides a new child care tax credit; expands the working family tax credit; appropriates money.
04/30/2012       To House Committee on Health and Human Services Reform.
 
MN S 1328
Sponsor:            Marty (DFL)
Title:                   Welfare Reform
Status:               Failed - Adjourned
Summary:         Relates to welfare reform; enables low-income workers to meet basic needs; reduces welfare costs to taxpayers; provides child care assistance to low-income workers; increases working family tax credit; increases minimum wage; reestablishes the Minnesota emergency employment development program; appropriates money.
04/28/2011       To Senate Committee on Health and Human Services.
 
MN S 1701
Sponsor:            Kruse B (R)
Title:                   Restaurants
Status:               Failed - Adjourned
Summary:         Relates to restaurants; provides for the Restaurant Recovery and Jobs Creation Act; expands the sales tax exemption for certain meals and drinks; expands the capital equipment exemption; provides for the application of gratuities in calculating the minimum wage; modifies the calculation of unemployment taxes; modifies license fees.
03/19/2012       In Senate. Second Reading.
 
MN S 2443
Sponsor:            Kruse B (R)
Title:                   Employment
Status:               Failed - Adjourned
Summary:         Provides for the application of gratuities in calculating the minimum wage.
03/13/2012       To Senate Committee on Jobs and Economic Growth.
 
MISSISSIPPI
MS H 288
Sponsor:            Evans B (D)
Title:                   Minimum Wage Law
Status:               Failed
Summary:         Enacts a minimum wage law for the state of Mississippi, with annual incremental increases over a three-year period; defines employers and employees subject to the minimum wage law; empowers the Mississippi Department of Employment Security, Office of the Governor to enforce and administer the provisions of the minimum wage law; provides criminal penalties and a civil cause of action against employers for violations of the minimum wage law.
03/06/2012       Died in committee.
 
MONTANA
MT D 464
Sponsor:            Caferro
Title:                   Minimum Wage Laws
Status:               Pending (2013 Prefile)
Summary:         Revises minimum wage laws.
10/29/2012       Draft on Hold.
 
MT D 478
Sponsor:            Llew Jones
Title:                   State and Federal Minimum Wage Laws
Status:               Pending (2013 Prefile)
Summary:         Revises laws related to state and federal minimum wage.
10/15/2012       Draft request received.
 
NEW HAMPSHIRE
NH H 133
Sponsor:            McGuire C (R)
Title:                   Minimum Wage
Status:               Enacted 06/22/2011. Chapter 204.
Summary:         Relates to the minimum wage; amends existing law to remove specified hourly rates for the state minimum wage which were effective on specified dates; leaves the minimum wage law to state that no person, firm, or corporation shall employee any employee at an hourly rate lower that that set forth in the federal minimum wag law; leaves in effect the provisions regarding tipped employees of a restaurant, hotel, motel, inn, or cabin.
06/08/2011       Vetoed by Governor.
06/22/2011       Governor’s veto overridden by Senate and by House.
06/22/2011       Chapter No. 204
 
NH H 560
Sponsor:            Brunelle (D)
Title:                   Minimum Wage
Status:               Failed
Summary:         Increases the minimum wage.
03/16/2011       Failed to pass House.
 
NH LSR 24
Sponsor:            McGuire C (R)
Title:                   Minimum Wage
Status:               Failed - Adjourned
Summary:         Relates to the minimum wage.
01/09/2011       Assigned Bill Number: H 133
 
NH LSR 239
Sponsor:            Brunelle (D)
Title:                   Minimum Wage
Status:               Failed - Adjourned
Summary:         Increases the minimum wage.
01/24/2011       Assigned Bill Number: H 560
 
NH LSR 572
Sponsor:            Rosenwald (D)
Title:                   Minimum Wage and High School and Postsecondary Students
Status:               Failed - Adjourned
Summary:         Relates to minimum wage and high school and postsecondary students.
01/06/2011       Assigned Bill Number: H 401
 
NH LSR 679
Sponsor:            Weeden (R)
Title:                   Minimum Wage
Status:               Failed
Summary:         Increases the minimum wage.
01/11/2011       Withdrawn from further consideration.
 
NH LSR 84
Sponsor:            Sullivan P (D)
Title:                   State Minimum Wage
Status:               Pending (2013 Prefile)
Summary:         Relates to the state minimum wage.
09/28/2012       Filed.
 
NH LSR 128
Sponsor:            Horrigan (D)
Title:                   Minimum Wage
Status:               Pending (2013 Prefile)
Summary:         Relates to minimum wage.
09/28/2012       Filed.
 
NEW JERSEY
NJ A 590
Sponsor:            Spencer (D)
Title:                   Minimum Wage Increase
Status:               Pending
Summary:         Increases minimum wage.
01/10/2012       To Assembly Committee on Labor.
 
NJ A 2162
Sponsor:            Oliver (D)
Title:                   Increase of Minimum Wage
Status:               Pending
Summary:         Increases minimum wage to $8.50, then makes annual adjustments based on CPI increases.
05/31/2012       To Senate Committee on Budget and Appropriations.
 
NJ A 2708
Sponsor:            Sumter (D)
Title:                   Minimum Wage for Tipped Workers
Status:               Pending
Summary:         Increases minimum wage for tipped workers.
03/12/2012       From Assembly Committee on Labor.
 
NJ S 3
Sponsor:            Sweeney (D)
Title:                   Minimum Wage Increase
Status:               Pending
Summary:         Increases minimum wage to $8.50, then makes annual adjustments based on CPI increases.
03/08/2012       To Senate Committee on Budget and Appropriations.
 
NJ S 607
Sponsor:            Sweeney (D)
Title:                   Minimum Wage Raise
Status:               Pending
Summary:         Raises minimum wage to $8.50, then makes annual adjustments based on increases in the Statewide average weekly wage.
01/10/2012       To Senate Committee on Labor.
 
NJ S 853
Sponsor:            Vitale (D)
Title:                   Minimum Wage Increase
Status:               Pending
Summary:         Increases minimum wage to $8.75, then makes annual adjustments based on Consumer Price Index increases.
03/08/2012       From Senate Committee on Labor as combined. For further actions see S3.
 
NJ S 985
Sponsor:            Greenstein (D)
Title:                   Criminal Penalties and Minimum Wage
Status:               Pending
Summary:         Establishes criminal penalties for failure to pay the minimum wage.
01/17/2012       To Senate Committee on Labor.
 
NJ SCR 1
Sponsor:            Sweeney (D)
Title:                   Minimum Wage Constitutional Amendment
Status:               Pending
Summary:         Amends Constitution to set minimum wage at $8.25 per hour with annual adjustments for inflation.
10/15/2012       From Senate Committee on Budget and Appropriations as substituted.
 
NJ SCR 117
Sponsor:            Turner (D)
Title:                   Minimum Wage Constitutional Amendment
Status:               Pending
Summary:         Amends Constitution to set minimum wage at $8.50 per hour with annual adjustments for inflation.
06/04/2012       To Senate Committee on Labor.
 
NEW MEXICO
NM HJR 28
Sponsor:            Garcia Mi (D)
Title:                   Minimum Wage Rate Increase
Status:               Failed - Adjourned
Summary:         Proposes an amendment to the constitution of New Mexico to require the state minimum wage rates to be increased annually at the rate of inflation.
02/16/2012       From House Committee on Appropriations and Finance: Do pass.
 
NEW YORK
NY A 379
Sponsor:            Magee (D)
Title:                   Seasonal Fair Workers
Status:               Pending
Summary:         Excludes certain seasonal fair workers from the definition of employee for purposes of the Minimum Wage Act.
05/12/2011       Amended in Assembly Committee on Labor.
 
NY A 4077
Sponsor:            Brennan (D)
Title:                   Minimum Standards for Subsidized Jobs Act
Status:               Pending
Summary:         Establishes the "minimum standards for subsidized jobs act;" defines terms; restricts persons, associations, corporations or other entities from being eligible to receive any economic development subsidies unless such entities pay all of their employees a minimum wage that is at least one dollar per hour higher than the state's minimum wage; provides health insurance benefits for which the employer pays a minimum of eighty percent of the monthly premium.
02/01/2011       To Assembly Committee on Labor.
 
NY A 4312
Sponsor:            Crespo (D)
Title:                   Minimum Standards for Subsidized Jobs Act
Status:               Pending
Summary:         Establishes the "minimum standards for subsidized jobs act;" defines terms; restricts persons, associations, corporations or other entities from being eligible to receive any economic development subsidies unless such entities pay all of their employees a minimum wage that is at least one dollar per hour higher than the state's minimum wage.
02/03/2011       To Assembly Committee on Labor.
 
NY A 5473
Sponsor:            Towns (D)
Title:                   Minimum Standards for Subsidized Jobs Act
Status:               Failed
Summary:         Enacts the Minimum Standards for Subsidized Job Act; provides that entities eligible to receive economic development subsidies must pay each employee a minimum wage that is at least one dollar higher than state minimum wage levels, offers health insurance benefit plans to employees employed at least 35 hours per week and offer at least twenty percent of its workers a worker training program.
03/09/2011       Enacting clause stricken.
 
NY A 6254
Sponsor:            Brennan (D)
Title:                   Minimum Standards for Subsidized Jobs Act
Status:               Pending
Summary:         Enacts the minimum standards for subsidized jobs act; provides that entities eligible to receive economic development subsidies must: pay each employee a minimum wage that's at least one dollar higher than state minimum wage levels; offers health insurance benefit plans to employees employed at least 35 hours per week; offers at least twenty percent of its workers a worker training program.
03/11/2011       To Assembly Committee on Economic Development.
 
NY A 6528
Sponsor:            Kolb (R)
Title:                   Training Wage
Status:               Pending
Summary:         Establishes a training wage equal to eighty-five percent of the state minimum wage or federal minimum wage, whichever is greater, that may be paid to a youth who has no prior job experience; provides that no youth may be paid a training wage for more than one hundred eighty days.
03/21/2011       To Assembly Committee on Labor.
 
NY A 9148
Sponsor:            Wright (D)
Title:                   Minimum Wage
Status:               Pending
Summary:         Relates to the minimum wage and makes technical changes to the labor law relating thereto.
05/15/2012       To Senate Committee on Labor.
 
NY S 2399
Sponsor:            Maziarz (R)
Title:                   Seasonal Fair Workers
Status:               Pending
Summary:         Excludes certain seasonal fair workers from the definition of employee for purposes of the minimum wage act.
06/05/2012       From Senate Committee on Labor.
 
NY S 6335
Sponsor:            Espaillat (D)
Title:                   Statutory Minimum Wage
Status:               Pending
Summary:         Raises the statutory minimum wage from $7.15 to $9.25.
03/07/2012       Amended in Senate Committee on Labor.
 
NY S 6413
Sponsor:            Klein (D)
Title:                   Minimum Wage
Status:               Pending
Summary:         Relates to the minimum wage and makes technical changes to the labor law relating thereto.
02/06/2012       To Senate Committee on Labor.
 
NORTH CAROLINA
NC H 702
Sponsor:            Wilkins (D)
Title:                   Minimum Wage Workers Educational Assistance
Status:               Failed - Adjourned
Summary:         Establishes the minimum wage worker scholarship fund; provides scholarships to students who have worked long term in minimum wage jobs and are pursuing a college degree and are available for part-time or full-time coursework; requires qualification as a legal state resident; provides that continued eligibility for the scholarship is contingent upon satisfactory academic
05/31/2011       Re-referred to House Committee on Appropriations.
 
PENNSYLVANIA
PA H 1820
Sponsor:            Delozier (R)
Title:                   Exemptions to The Minimum Wage Act of 1968
Status:               Enacted 07/05/2012               . Chapter 2012-109.
Summary:         Amends the Minimum Wage Act of 1968; provides for exemptions from overtime for employers who intend to employ a specified number of students and for employers who employ an employee who has a physical or mental deficiency or injury; relates to voluntary shift-trading hours of an air carrier, overtime
07/05/2012       Signed by Governor. Act No. 2012-109.
 
PA H 2609
Sponsor:            Cohen (D)
Title:                   Minimum Wages
Status:               Pending
Summary:         Amends The Minimum Wage Act of 1968; further provides for minimum wages; provides for an annual cost-of-living adjustment.
09/17/2012       To House Committee on Labor and Industry.
 
PA HR 789
Sponsor:            Cohen (D)
Title:                   100th Anniversary of the Minimum Wage Law
Status:               Pending
Summary:         Commemorates the 100th anniversary of the minimum wage law.
06/26/2012       To House Committee on Labor and Industry.
 
PA S 235
Sponsor:            Tartaglione (D)
Title:                   Minimum Wage Provisions
Status:               Pending
Summary:         Amends The Minimum Wage Act of 1968; provides for minimum wages.
01/24/2011       To Senate Committee on Labor and Industry.
 
PA S 1099
Sponsor:            Vance (R)
Title:                   Minimum Wages
Status:               Pending
Summary:         Amends the Minimum Wage Act of 1968; provides for minimum wages.
12/05/2011       In Senate. Laid on table.
 
RHODE ISLAND
RI H 7396
Sponsor:            Bennett (D)
Title:                   Labor and Labor Relations
Status:               Enacted 06/20/2012               . Chapter 2012-313.
Summary:         Raises the minimum wage on a specified date to seven dollars and seventy-five cents ($7.75) per hour.
06/20/2012       Signed by Governor. Public Law No. 2012-313
 
RI H 7816
Sponsor:            Slater S (D)
Title:                   Human Services
Status:               Pending
Summary:         Would set a minimum wage and benefits scale for employees of private providers operating community residences, commencing July 1, 2014. This act would take effect upon passage.
04/25/2012       In House Committee on Finance: Committee recommends measure to be held for further study.
 
RI H 8152
Sponsor:            Carnevale (D)
Title:                   Labor and Labor Relations Minimum Wage
Status:               Pending
Summary:         Would provide that the overtime pay of delivery drivers or sales merchandisers would be subject to subdivision 28-12-4.3(a)(7) which makes the driver or sales merchandiser seek an hourly rate subject to the regulations of the United States Department of Transportation. This act would take effect upon passage.
05/09/2012       To House Committee on Labor.
 
RI S 2374
Sponsor:            Lynch (D)
Title:                   Labor and Labor Relations Minimum Wages
Status:               Enacted 06/20/2012               . Chapter 2012-345.
Summary:         Would raise the minimum wage commencing January 1, 2013 to seven dollars and seventy-five cents per hour.
06/20/2012       Signed by Governor. Public Law No. 2012-345.
 
SOUTH DAKOTA
SD H 1221
Sponsor:            Kirschman (D)
Title:                   Minimum Wage
Status:               Failed - Adjourned
Summary:         Increases the minimum wage; provides for annual adjustments in the minimum wage equivalent to the consumer price index.
02/06/2012       In House Committee on Commerce and Energy: Deferred to the 41st Legislative Day.
 
TENNESSEE
TN S 2149
Sponsor:            Kelsey (R)
Title:                   Business and Commerce
Status:               Failed - Adjourned
Summary:         Provides that no local government shall impose on or make applicable to any person an employment practice, standard, or provision which imposes or mandates health insurance benefits, a minimum wage, or family leave requirements that deviates from, modifies, supplements, adds to, changes, or varies in any manner from state statutorily imposed or recognized requirements.
01/12/2012       To Senate Committee on State and Local Government.
 
WASHINGTON
WA H 1531
Sponsor:            Condotta (R)
Title:                   Minimum Wage Rate Based on Changes in Consumer Prices
Status:               Failed - Adjourned
Summary:         Adjusts the minimum wage rate based on changes in consumer prices.
04/11/2012       By Order of Resolution - Reintroduced and retained in present status.
 
WA H 1532
Sponsor:            Condotta (R)
Title:                   Minimum Wage and Overtime Compensation Complaints
Status:               Failed - Adjourned
Summary:         Creates a good faith defense for certain minimum wage and overtime compensation complaints.
04/11/2012       By Order of Resolution - Reintroduced and retained in present status.
 
WA S 5624
Sponsor:            Holmquist (R)
Title:                   Employ for Minimum Wage Term
Status:               Failed - Adjourned
Summary:         Defines the term employ for minimum wage purposes.
04/11/2012       By Order of Resolution - Reintroduced and retained in present status.
 
WA S 5839
Sponsor:            Baxter (R)
Title:                   Minimum Wage Rate
Status:               Failed - Adjourned
Summary:         Adjusts the minimum wage rate based on changes in consumer prices.
04/11/2012       By Order of Resolution - Reintroduced and retained in present status.
 
WA S 5840
Sponsor:            Baxter (R)
Title:                   Minimum Wage and Overtime Compensation Complaints
Status:               Failed - Adjourned
Summary:         Creates a good faith defense for certain minimum wage and overtime compensation complaints.
04/11/2012       By Order of Resolution - Reintroduced and retained in present status.
 
WEST VIRGINIA
WV H 3110
Sponsor:            Barker (D)
Title:                   Living Minimum Wage for Public Employees
Status:               Failed - Adjourned
Summary:         Establishes a living minimum wage for public employees.
01/11/2012       To House Committee on Government Organization.
 
WISCONSIN
WI A 281
Sponsor:            Mason (D)
Title:                   State Minimum Wage
Status:               Failed
Summary:         Relates to a state minimum wage; relates to permitting the enactment of local living wage ordinances; relates to extending the time limit for emergency rule procedures; relates to providing an exemption from emergency rule procedures.
03/23/2012       Failed to pass pursuant to Senate Joint Resolution 1.
 
WI S 187
Sponsor:            Wirch (D)
Title:                   State Minimum Wage
Status:               Failed
Summary:         Relates to a state minimum wage, permitting the enactment of local living wage ordinances, extending the time limit for emergency rule procedures, providing an exemption from emergency rule procedures, providing an exemption from rule-making procedures, and requiring the exercise of rule-making authority.
03/23/2012       Failed to pass pursuant to Senate Joint Resolution 1.
 
 
Source: StateNet Bill Tracking Legislative Database.  Year-end search, 11-25-12.