House OKs Gun Safety Bills, Minimum Wage

May 10, 2019

There is much to report from the Capitol this week!

Ethan’s Law, HB 7218 was passed by an overwhelming bipartisan majority (127-16) in the House on Tuesday. It would require that a gun, loaded or unloaded, be properly stored so that individuals under the age of 18 cannot access the firearm. The bill was prompted by the tragic death of 15 year-old Guildford resident, Ethan Song.

On Thursday the House voted to increase the minimum wage. No-one who works full time should live in poverty. This law would protect low-wage workers, help to strengthen economic security, increase their purchasing power and would enhance the state’s economy – more spending power by people earning minimum wage means more spending. It raises the minimum wage from $10.10 to $15/hour over 4 ½ years, and then indexes it to the Employment Cost Index.

Oct. 1, 2019:       $11/hour

Sept. 1, 2020:      $12/hour

Aug 1, 2021:        $13/hour

July 1, 2022:        $14/hour

June 1, 2023:       $15/hour

The bill passed 85 to 59 and now goes to the Senate for approval.