Missouri Minimum Wage Override, Prescription Drug Tracking Bills In Limbo
ST. LOUIS —
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.