GOVERNOR SIGNS BILL BLOCKING INDIVIDUAL CITY MINIMUM WAGES

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – Gov. Robert Bentley has signed a bill blocking cities and municipalities from setting their own minimum wage.

The Alabama Senate on Thursday approved the bill 23 votes to 10, largely along party lines.

GOP legislators supported the bill to push back against the Birmingham City Council, which voted to raise their city’s minimum wage to $10.10.

Republican Sen. Jabo Waggoner of Vestavia Hills says the state should not have a “hodgepodge” of different minimum wages.

Sen. Linda Coleman-Madison, a Democrat from Birmingham, says she is concerned about people trying to feed their families on current hourly wages.

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