Legislative session resumes Tuesday

Published: Feb. 15, 2016 at 11:03 PM CST|Updated: Feb. 15, 2016 at 11:34 PM CST
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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - The legislative session will begin it's third week Tuesday, and both Speaker Mike Hubbard and democrats are expecting a long week.

The house expects to tackle a universal minimum wage bill Tuesday. The bill would require a statewide minimum wage, taking the decision out of local governments.

The bill is in response to the Birmingham City Council voting to raise the minimum wage last year.

The wage increase is supposed to go into effect on March 1, so lawmakers are trying to fast track the bill to get it passed in time to preempt the wage increase. Democrats are expected to draw out the debate, as some believe the bill is hypocritical.

Rep. Darrio Melton, D-Selma, called the bill disingenuous. Melton argues if the state allows for variances in sales and property tax, then it should not single out the minimum wage.

Melton is pushing a minimum wage bill of his own, which would raise the state's minimum wage to more than $10 an hour.

With a super-majority in both the house and senate, republicans can pass any bill they want without the help of democrats.

If lawmakers get through with the universal minimum wage bill, lawmakers are expected to tackle the dignity of life bill, which would prevent the selling of fetal body parts and a constitutional amendment to put the state's right to work status in it's constitution.

Federal laws already prohibit the selling of fetal body parts, and Alabama is already a right to work state.

The House will begin its session at 1 Tuesday.

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