City Fights State Court on Minimum Wage Requirements

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (KMOX) – The city of St. Louis argues before the Missouri Supreme Court that state law does not preclude it from imposing a higher minimum wage.

City attorney John Reeman told the state high court that the city had adopted his ordinance before the latest state law, House Bill 722, that took effect last year.

“So House Bill 722 went into effect [on] October 16 and the minimum wage ordinance was in effect on August 28. So under any scenario, we complied with House Bill 722,” he says.

But Jane Dueker, a lawyer for a group of various business interests, cited earlier laws that restricted cities from adopting higher minimum wage requirements. She argues there is a state interest in establishing a state-wide minimum wage.

“If what the city is saying is true, then I think all cities would be able to do this and all localities would be able to do this and it would be a morass of mess,” Dueker says.

St. Louis city’s higher minimum wage requirements has been suspended by the courts as this debate works its way through the legal process.

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