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Democrats in the House are aiming to pass legislation mandating a minimum wage hike to an hour by 2025, The Washington Examiner reports. Bobby Scott of Virginia will likely lead the charge if he becomes the next chairman of the House Education and the Workforce Committee as expected, according to the Examiner.
Democrats are also reportedly planning to change the committee’s name to reflect a pro-labor agenda.
In adopting the proposal, lawmakers removed the proposals from the ballot (where it was all but certain to pass) and retained their ability to amend the proposals with a simple majority vote prior to the acts going into effect in March 2019.
Had the issue gone to the ballot and been approved by voters, any changes would have required a three-fourths vote of the Legislature, a near impossible threshold.
Michigan’s new Paid Medical Leave Act (“Act”) went into effect on March 29, 2019.
The Act was adopted by the Michigan Legislature after a ballot proposal on the issue was certified for the November 2018 general election ballot.
After flipping at least 38 seats in midterm elections, Democrats have gained a large buffer in the House to make an agenda and advance legislation.While powerless to push through legislation without GOP support, a Democratic House can make it difficult for Trump to continue enacting his agenda.