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Minimum wage legislation passed by senate

Local lawmakers are not committing one way or the other, for now, on how they will vote on a new minimum wage bill passed Wednesday by the Senate.

The legislation calls for raising the minimum wage from $7.25 to $9.50 per hour.

State Reps. Garth Everett, R-Muncy, and Jeff Wheeland, R-Loyalsock Township, said they need to see the bill’s language before they know which way they’ll vote.

“I don’t know what is in the bill,” Everett said.

And neither lawmaker is sure if the bill will be considered in the House this week.

“They would have to get it over to the House right away,” Wheeland said.

State Sen. Gene Yaw, R-Loyalsock Township, could not be reached for comment regarding the legislation.

Pennsylvania remains one of just 21 states with a minimum wage seat at the federal set amount of $7.25 per hour.

A Senate committee earlier this week passed a measure to raise the minimum wage in four steps to $9.50

Gov. Tom Wolf, who reportedly negotiated the bill behind closed doors with leaders of the Republican-controlled Legislature, supports the bill.

Under the deal with Republican lawmakers, Wolf will rescind a pending regulatory package to expand overtime pay eligibility.

About 385,000 people in Pennsylvania hold a job that pays between $7.25 an hour and $9.50 an hour, according to the state Department of Labor and Industry.

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