as introduced - 83rd Legislature (2003 - 2004) Posted on 12/15/2009 12:00am
|Introduction||Posted on 02/23/2004|
1.1 A bill for an act 1.2 proposing an amendment to the Minnesota Constitution, 1.3 article XIII; providing for a constitutional minimum 1.4 wage that will be adjusted annually. 1.5 BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA: 1.6 Section 1. [CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT.] 1.7 An amendment to the Minnesota Constitution is proposed to 1.8 the people. If the amendment is adopted, a section shall be 1.9 added to article XIII to read: 1.10 Sec. 13. (a) For purposes of this section, the terms 1.11 defined in this paragraph have the meanings given them. 1.12 (1) "Large employer" means an enterprise whose annual gross 1.13 volume of sales made or business done is not less than $500,000 1.14 (exclusive of excise taxes at the retail level that are 1.15 separately stated) and covered by the Minnesota Fair Labor 1.16 Standards Act, Minnesota Statutes, sections 177.21 to 177.35. 1.17 (2) "Small employer" means an enterprise whose annual gross 1.18 volume of sales made or business done is less than $500,000 1.19 (exclusive of excise taxes at the retail level that are 1.20 separately stated) and covered by the Minnesota Fair Labor 1.21 Standards Act, Minnesota Statutes, sections 177.21 to 177.35. 1.22 (b) Except as otherwise provided in Minnesota Statutes, 1.23 sections 177.21 to 177.35, every large employer must pay each 1.24 employee wages at a rate of at least $6.15 an hour beginning 1.25 January 1, 2005. Every small employer must pay each employee at 2.1 a rate of at least $5.90 an hour beginning January 1, 2005. 2.2 (c) Notwithstanding paragraph (b), during the first 90 2.3 consecutive days of employment, an employer may pay an employee 2.4 under the age of 20 years a wage of $5.25 an hour. No employer 2.5 may take any action to displace any employee, including a 2.6 partial displacement through a reduction in hours, wages, or 2.7 employment benefits, in order to hire an employee at the wage 2.8 authorized in this paragraph. 2.9 (d) The minimum wage set under paragraphs (b) and (c) shall 2.10 be adjusted each year on January 1 by the percentage increase in 2.11 the revised Consumer Price Index for all urban consumers for the 2.12 St. Paul-Minneapolis metropolitan area prepared by the United 2.13 States Department of Labor. 2.14 Sec. 2. [QUESTION.] 2.15 The proposed amendment shall be submitted to the people at 2.16 the 2004 general election. The question submitted shall be: 2.17 "Shall the Minnesota Constitution be amended to provide for 2.18 a minimum wage that will be adjusted annually for inflation? 2.19 Yes ....... 2.20 No ........"