Missouri Supreme Court considers KC, St. Louis minimum wage cases

The Missouri Supreme Court is weighing two cases, one from St. Louis and the other from Kansas City, seeking to allow higher minimum wages in each place.

At issue is a law enacted during last year’s veto session that bars cities from enacting a minimum wage that’s higher than that set by the federal or state government. House Bill 722 was passed in response to both cities seeking higher minimum wages, along with Columbia’s efforts to ban plastic grocery bags.

Attorney Taylor Fields argued against the new law when the court heard the case from Kansas City, noting that the bill violates the Hammerschmidt rule, which requires each piece of legislation to be focused on one subject.

After the law was passed, Kansas City’s election board removed a proposed minimum wage hike from a local ballot.

In the case involving St. Louis, the Supreme Court is considering a challenge of a lower court decision which voided a minimum wage hike.

The high court took no action on either case Thursday.

Read more: St. Louis Public Radio, Missourinet

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