HHS Item 1
Health and Human Services Committee
Josh Hamlin, Legislative
Bill 59-14, Human Rights and Civil Liberties - County
Minimum Wage - Effective Dates
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.
Bill 59-14 would change the effective dates of future increases in the County
minimum wage from October 1 to July 1 of the 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 County 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 of the speakers were representing non-profit organizations serving people with autism
or developmental disabilities: Jane Salzano (©1O-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
the County minimum wage enacted by Bill 27-13.
Accelerating the impact would add to these challenges, and Ms. Lee and Ms. Tolbert each
pointed out that unlike many businesses, their organizations cannot pass on increased labor
costs to consumers, as their rates are set by the State. Michael Wilson from United Food
and Commercial Workers Local 400 (©19) spoke in support of the Bill, saying it would