LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KNWA) — Legislation that would exempt some employers from paying the state’s new higher minimum wage has been placed on the “deferred list” of the senate committee on public health, welfare and labor’s agenda.
Senate Bill 115 won’t be presented for approval until State Senator Bob Ballinger asks for it to be taken off the deferred list.
Deferred bills are not reviewed by committees and requires the sponsor to re-introduce the legislation.
Arkansas minimum wage workers got a raise at the first of the year.
The Republican’s legislation would exempt schools, nonprofits and businesses with fewer than 50 employees from having to pay the state’s minimum wage.
Employees under age 18 also would be exempt.
Ballinger says he plans to leave the bill on the list while it incorporates some amendments.
“My intent from the very beginning was not to change what the folks voted on but just to find ways to offer relief for some businesses, charities, my intention is to leave this session with relief to the constituents who asked me to do something for them,” Ballinger said.
In November voters approved a minimum wage increase from 8.50 to 9.25 an hour starting january first.
The state wage increases to ten dollars an hour in 2020, then $11 dollars in 2021.