State House Votes To Deny Cities Wage Setting Power

Apr 7, 2014

The Oklahoma House of Representatives voted 68-22 in favor of a bill to prohibit municipalities in the state from establishing a mandatory minimum wage or number of vacation or sick days.

State Rep. Randy Grau
Credit Oklahoma State Legislature

Republican Rep. Randy Grau of Edmond said the legislation prevents higher minimum wages in different parts of the state, which he said could harm consumers and businesses and could drive up inflation.

Those opposed to the bill said state government shouldn't legislate decisions that should be left up to individual communities across the state. Like building codes and zoning, opponents say the decisions should be left up to individual municipalities and that communities can best govern themselves.

The bill now returns to the Senate where it has previously passed.


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