SB 3 MINIMUM WAGE ADJUSTMENT BILL PASSES OUT OF ASSEMBLY LABOR AND EMPLOYMENT COMMITTEE BY PARTY-LINE VOTE OF 5 TO 2 – HEADS NEXT TO ASSEMBLY APPROPRIATIONS
SACRAMENTO, CA [CDCAN LAST UPDATED 07/08/2015 05:19 PM] – The Assembly Labor and Employment Committee, chaired by Assemblymember Roger Hernandez (Democrat – West Covina), passed out of committee SB 3, the minimum wage adjustment legislation by Senator Mark Leno (Democrat – San Francisco) and Senator Connie Leyva (Democrat – Chino), that would raise the State minimum wage to $11 an hour effective Jauary 1, 2016 and $13 an hour beginning July 1, 2017, and after that be adjusted annually to the consumer price index.
The bill measure passed out of the committee without amendments.
A previous minimum wage bill by Senator Leno, SB 935, last year died in that committee.
The bill, which passed out of committee by a party-line vote of 5 to 2, now heads next to Assembly Appropriations Committee, before final action on the Assembly floor in late August or early September.
Assemblymember Kansen Chu (Democrat – San Jose), chair of the Assembly Human Services Committee, made the motion to pass the bill out of committee.
SB 3 passed the State Senate on June 1st on a party-line vote of 23 to 15, with two Senate Democrats abstaining.
The legislation by Leno that advocates for low income families and workers hail as an historic bill was strongly opposed by many statewide, local and individual businesses. In addition, several providers organizations whose members serve people with developmental disabilities gave strong opposition to the measure unless amended to include funding for those providers, raising concerns of the impact of what they called another “unfunded mandate”.
Several of the committee members expressed hope the issue of increased funding for developmental services would be addressed in the Legislature’s special session on health care funding, though no committee members offered any amendments to SB 3 regarding that funding. Leno pointed out that historically bills that increased the minimum wage never contained an appropriation, which is a budget process issue.
The State minimum wage was last increased from $8 an hour to $9 an hour on July 1, 2014, as a result of AB 10 by Assemblymember Luis Alejo (Democrat – Watsonville) that was signed into law by Governor Brown on September 25, 2013. That bill would increase the State minimum wage again to $10 an hour on January 1, 2016. That $10 an hour would increase to $11 an hour if the Leno-Leyva bill is enacted into law this year. The current federal minimum wage is $7.25 an hour, effective since July 24, 2009.
SB 3 – MINMUM WAGE ADJUSTMENT
AUTHOR: Senator Mark Leno (Democrat – San Francisco) and Senator Connie Leyva (Democrat – Chino) [joint authors]
CDCAN SUMMARY (AS LAST AMENDED 03/11/2015):
Would increase the State minimum wage to $11 an hour beginning on January 1, 2016, and would increase the minimum wage to $13 an hour beginning July 1, 2017.
Would index automatically the minimum wage to inflation annually beginning January 1, 2019.
Requires the State minimum wage to be calculated annually by multiplying the minimum wage in effect on December 31 of the previous year by the percentage of inflation that occurred during that year and adding that product to the minimum wage.
States that the minimum wage applies to all industries, including public and private employment.