Rep. Speedy's bill protecting working Hoosiers and encouraging fair and competitive pay heads to the Senate
STATEHOUSE - State Rep. Mike Speedy (R-Indianapolis) authored House Bill 1538 that will not allow local governments to require a minimum wage higher than the state minimum wage. HB 1538 passed the House on its third and final reading and will now go to the Senate for consideration.
HB 1538 will prohibit a local unit of government from establishing, mandating or requiring a minimum wage that exceeds the state minimum wage unless federal or state law provides otherwise. The bill will also allow a local unit to establish wage rates in a contract to which the local unit is party.
"This bill will help create a fair playing field for working Hoosiers," said Rep. Speedy. "A living wage, as some communities have, hurts the most disadvantaged workers in communities because it creates no incentive for employers to create more high-wage jobs. This recession and little economic growth have made it harder for many people to get into the work force, build experience, and earn wage increases. We need to continue to work to strengthen the economy and help working Hoosiers and their families."