Governor signs law preempting mandated local wages and benefits

Shortly before 4 p.m., Gov. Robert Bentley signed a law preempting Birmingham’s $10.10 minimum wage ordinance as well as other similar local ordinances in the future. The Alabama Senate voted 23-11 today for HB174, sending it to the governor.

The Birmingham City Council voted Tuesday, Feb. 23, to raise the minimum wage in that city to $10.10 and said it would be effective the day it is published. Birmingham Mayor William Bell signed the ordinance Wednesday. It would have been effective once it was published Sunday had the Alabama Legislature not passed this law.

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Feb. 26, 2016, Capitol Retail Report summarizing the week’s legislative action.