October 24, 2013
October 22, 2013
Robert H. Drummer, Senior
Josh Hamlin, Legislative Attorne):l
Bill 27-13, Human Rights and Civil Liberties - County
Minimum Wage - Dollar Amount
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 Health and Human Services Committee worksession is tentatively
scheduled for November 21 at 9:30 a.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.