Ark. House panel rejects raising minimum wage
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - An Arkansas House panel has rejected a proposal to raise the state's minimum wage.
By a 6-10 vote, the House Committee on Public Health, Welfare and Labor on Tuesday rejected the measure that would have increased the state's minimum wage by $2 to $8.25. Two Democrats joined with Republicans on the panel to prevent the bill from advancing.
Some Arkansas workers are currently subject to the higher, federal minimum wage of $7.25.
The measure would have continued to exempt students working part-time from the full minimum wage.
Democratic Rep. Butch Wilkins of Bono, the sponsor of the bill, said it's unlikely he'll bring it up again this session.Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.