Agenda Item 6A
Robert H. Drummer, Senior Legislative Attorney
Bill 27-13, Human Rights and Civil Liberties - County Minimum
Wage Dollar Amount
Bill 27-13, Human Rights and Civil Liberties - County Minimum Wage
Amount, sponsored by Councilmember Eirich, is scheduled to be introduced on October 1. A
public hearing is tentatively scheduled for October 24 at 7:30 p.m.
Bill 27-13 would:
• require certain private sector employers in the County to pay a minimum
wage to employees working in the County;
• provide a credit for an employer who provides health insurance to
employees working in the County;
• provide enforcement by the Office of Human Rights and the Human
• authorize the Human Rights Commission to award relief for violations;
• generally regulate the minimum wage paid to a private sector employee
working in the County.
Maryland's minimum wage is only $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.
Nineteen 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, Ohio, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, and
Washington, as well as the District of Columbia.
In addition, the minimum standard of living in Montgomery County is higher than the
minimum standard of living in many other counties in Maryland. Poverty level wages increases
the need for the County to spend public money for the relief of these low wage earners and their