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.
â€œI think weâ€™ll leave this session without a minimum wage bill if the amendments are added on,â€ 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 thatâ€™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.
Lujanâ€™s bill was given a do-pass recommendation on a 4-2, party-line vote. After amending Senate President Pro Tem Ben Altamiranoâ€™s bill, the committee members voted the same way on it.