Agenda Item 8E
March 3, 2015
February 27, 2015
Josh Hamlin, Legislative
Action: Bill 59-14, Human Rights and Civil Liberties - County Minimum
Wage - Effective Dates
Health and Human Services Committee recommendation (2-0): enact the Bill .
Bill 59-14, Human Rights and Civil Liberties - County Minimum Wage - Effective
Dates, sponsored by then Council President Rice, was introduced on November 25. A
public hearing was held on January 20 and a Health and Human Services Committee
worksession was held on February 12.
Bill 59-14 would change the effective dates of future increases in the County
minimum wage from October 1 to July 1 ofthe years 2015, 2016, and 2017. In November
2013, the County enacted Bill 27-13, Human Rights and Civil Liberties - County Minimum
Wage - Dollar Amount, establishing the C()unty minimum wage with phased increases on
October 1 of each year through 2017. The October 1 date was chosen in anticipation of
an increase in the State minimum wage with the same effective/phase-in dates. In its 2014
session, the Maryland General Assembly enacted HB 295, increasing the State minimum
wage with phased increases on
1 of each year through 2018. Synchronizing the dates
would simplify the administration of the annual increases by employers.
January 20, 2015 Public Hearing and Correspondence
There were five speakers at the public hearing on the Bill held on January 20,2015.
Four ofthe speakers were representing non-profit organizations serving people with autism
or developmental disabilities: Jane Salzano (©10-12) and Ian Paregol (©13-15) from
Community Services for Autistic Adults and Children (CSAAC); Karen Lee from Seeking
Equality, Empowerment and Community for People with Developmental Disabilities
(SEEC) (©16-17); and Nancy Tolbert from CALMRA, Inc (©18). All three organizations
opposed the Bill, saying that they operate on very limited funding, and are already facing
budget challenges from the increase in the County minimum wage enacted by Bill 27-13.
Accelerating the impact would add to these challenges, and Ms. Lee and Ms. Tolbert each