Tomblin plans special session to fix wage bill
CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin says he will call the Legislature into a special session in May to address concerns with a bill to increase the minimum wage by $1.50 over two years.
Although Tomblin signed the bill Tuesday, he expressed concern it trumps federal overtime exemption for police, seasonal employees, and nursing home staff. He says it could cost local governments hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Senate President Jeff Kessler says the legislation was necessary to help the state’s economy and to benefit workers. He says the flawed clause regarding overtime exemption can be fixed with minor clarifications prior to its effective date.
Speaker Tim Miley says the House is committed to working together to ensure the bill does not have a negative impact on local government and other agencies.