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Bill Would Increase State’s Minimum Wage

A bill that would raise the state’s minimum wage has made it out of it’s first committee. Assembly Bill 10 was written by Democrat Luis Alejo of Salinas…

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The increase would come in increments–from eight dollars an hour to $8.25 next year, $8.75 in 2015, and $9.25 in 2016. Opponents of the measure say a minimum wage increase would hurt business, but Alejo says that’s not true…

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The bill passed the Assembly Labor and Employment Committee by a 5-2 party line vote. It now moves to the Appropriations Committee. California has not increased its minimum wage in six years.

Meanwhile, there is bi-partisan support for a bill that would keep businesses from prohibiting their employees from performing C-P-R. The bill stems from an incident in Bakersfield where a nurse at a senior living facility refused to give C-P-R to an 87 year-old woman, saying it was against company policy. That woman died. Assemblyman Rudy Salas, a Democrat from Bakersfield, says this bill will end that policy, and fear of litigation…

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The bill moves to the Assembly Judiciary Committee.


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