After the Senate voted to override the veto of SB1905 on Tuesday, the House took up the bill on Wednesday. However, they narrowly failed to override the veto. The bill takes local control away from municipalities and prohibits them from creating right to work zones.
Local Representatives Ives, Olsen, and Wehrli voted against the veto override of SB1905 while Representative Kifowit voted in favor. Senators Curran and Holmes voted in favor of the override while Sen. Connelly was a no vote.
The House also voted to override the Governor’s veto on two additional bills that will now need to go to the Senate.HB2462 amends the Equal Pay Act of 2003 and prohibits employers from considering wage or salary history for job applicants. In addition, HB3419 retroactively prohibits companies from bidding on state contracts if they engage in a legal federal tax practice known as corporate inversion. Both bills will travel to the Senate for consideration.
Still there are many other bills yet to be called. One that we are watching closely is SB81 which would step up the state minimum wage to $15 by 2022. Locally, Representative Kifowit voted present in May, while Representatives Ives, Olsen, and Wehrli voted no. Senator Connelly voted no then as well, while Senator Holmes also voted present.
If the General Assembly does not act on SB81 now, they may still have the opportunity during the second veto session in November.