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Virginia Senate shoots down bill to raise minimum wage to $15

The full state Senate voted to kill a bill that would have raised the minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2021.

RICHMOND, Va. — The Virginia Senate voted down a bill Monday that would have raised Virginia's minimum wage to $15 per hour.

In a 21 to 19 vote, bill SB 1200 was killed.

The Committee on Commerce and Labor voted last week to pass the bill that would increase the minimum wage from $7.25 per hour to $15 per hour by 2021.

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If the bill had passed the full General Assembly and Gov. Ralph Northam signed it into law, the bill would have taken effect on July 1, 2019, and raised Virginia's minimum wage to $10 an hour.

The rate would have then jumped to $13 per hour starting July 1, 2020. Then, it would have gone up to $15 per hour on July 1, 2021.

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Sen. Rosalyn R. Dance (D-Petersburg) introduced the bill.

The 19 Delegates who voted to pass the bill are Barker, Boysko, Dance, Deeds, Ebbin, Edwards, Favola, Howell, Lewis, Locke, Lucas, Marsden, Mason, McClellan, McPike, Petersen, Saslaw, Spruill, and Surovell.

The 21 Delegates that voted to kill the bill are Black, Carrico, Chafin, Chase, Cosgrove, DeSteph, Dunnavant, Hanger, McDougle, Newman, Norment, Obenshain, Peake, Reeves, Ruff, Stanley, Stuart, Sturtevant, Suetterlein, Vogel, and Wagner.

The bill was supposed to be voted on by the state Senate on Friday, but the vote was pushed to Monday.

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