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Missouri Minimum Wage Override, Prescription Drug Tracking Bills In Limbo

Pay increases for tens of thousands of minimum wage workers in St. Louis could be on the line as the Missouri Legislature winds up its annual session.

Pay increases for tens of thousands of minimum wage workers in St. Louis could be on the line as the Missouri Legislature winds up its annual session.

Lawmakers face a 6 p.m. Friday deadline to finish their work.

One of the bills in limbo seeks to undo a minimum wage increase in St. Louis by prohibiting local government from adopting rates higher than the state's minimum wage.

The state's minimum is $7.70 an hour. The minimum wage in St. Louis rose to $10 an hour May 5 and is to rise again to $11 in January.

Republican lawmakers contend that businesses throughout Missouri should have to abide by the same wage laws.

Also pending Friday are bills enhancing penalties for crimes against police and establishing a prescription drug tracking database.

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