Haussaman: Lujan’s wage bill passes; Altamirano’s is gutted

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Heath Haussamen reported last night that we may be headed for a repeat of last year’s minimum wage outcome:

The move sets up the same clash between the House and Senate that led to no minimum wage increase being approved in the 2006 legislative session.

“I think we’ll leave this session without a minimum wage bill if the amendments are added on,” Altamirano said in opposing the amendments to his bill, which were proposed by Rep. Sheryl Williams Stapleton, D-Albuquerque and the House majority whip.

At issue: competing bills in the House and Senate, introduced and backed by House Leader Ben Lujan and Senate Pro Tem Ben Altamirano, repsectively:

The House Labor and Human Resources Committee voted today to amend a bill that’s already passed the Senate to mirror one proposed by Speaker of the House Ben Lujan, then sent both on to the Business and Industry Committee with do-pass recommendations.

Lujan’s bill was given a do-pass recommendation on a 4-2, party-line vote. After amending Senate President Pro Tem Ben Altamirano’s bill, the committee members voted the same way on it.

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