May 2, 2019

Denver, CO – The Colorado State Senate today voted 19-to-16 to pass HB19-1210, Local Government Minimum Wage, a bill sponsored by Senators Jessie Danielson (D-Wheat Ridge) and Dominick Moreno (D-Commerce City) to give local governments the ability to raise the minimum wage if they choose. The bill now moves back to the House for concurrence of amendments.

“As more Colorado families face rising costs of living, we need to find more ways to help them make ends meet,” said Senator Danielson. “Today’s vote to give local governments the chance to raise the minimum wage will help more Coloradans achieve financial security.”

Studies of local minimum wage laws have shown they can increase earnings for workers without negatively affecting employment. This bill will allow local governments to set their own minimum wage laws whenever they determine it is in the best interest of their community.

“I am proud that the Senate voted to give local governments the opportunity to lift up Colorado families by raising the minimum wage,” said Senator Moreno. “Hardworking Coloradans deserve a livable wage that can provide the financial security they need to support their families.”

HB19-1210 passed the Colorado House of Representatives on March 11, 2019 by a vote of 40-24-1. To learn more about this bill please visit: http://leg.colorado.gov/bills/hb19-1210.