Agenda Item 7
November 26, 2013
November 22, 2013
Robert H. Drummer, Senior
Josh Hamlin, Legislative Attorne
Jacob Sesker, Senior Legislative A alyst
Action: Bill 27-13, Human Rights and Civil Liberties - County Minimum Wage
Health and Human Services Committee recommendation (2-0, Council Vice President Rice
abstained): enact the Bill with amendments.
Bill 27-13, Human Rights and Civil Liberties - County Minimum Wage - Dollar
Amount, sponsored by Councilmembers Eirich, Ervin and Council President Navarro, was
introduced on October 1. A public hearing was held on October 24 and a Health and Human
Services Committee worksession was held on November 21.
Maryland's minimum wage is $7.25 per hour, or $15,000 a year for a full-time, year
round worker, and leaves a full-time earner and their families below the Federal poverty line.
Twenty-one states have raised their minimum wages above Maryland's rate, including Alaska,
Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan,
Missouri, Montana, New Mexico, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Rhode Island,
Vermont, and Washington, as well as the District of Columbia.
Bill 27-13, as introduced, would establish a County minimum wage for private sector
employees working in the County unless the State or Federal minimum wage is higher. The
County minimum wage would be phased in over 3 years. The rate would be $8.25 per hour on
July 1, 2014, $9.75 per hour on July 1, 2015, and $12.00 per hour on July 1, 2016. During the
phase-in period between July 1, 2014 and July 1, 2016, an employer would be able to pay the
prior year rate for an employee's first 90 days on the job. Beginning on July 1, 2017, the $12.00
rate would be raised by any increase in the Consumer Price Index on an annual basis. The
County minimum wage would not apply to a worker who is not covered by the State minimum
wage, a tipped employee, or a worker eligible for an opportunity or youth minimum wage under
the State or Federal law.