PHOENIX (AP) – The state of Arizona has agreed to give back control over setting a local minimum wage to cities and counties as part of a settlement of a lawsuit that accuses the Legislature of taking away that power from communities.
The settlement announced Tuesday says the Legislature’s 2013 law that stripped communities of their power to set a local minimum wage violates constitutional protections that bars lawmakers from repealing voter-approved laws.
The resolution clears the way for advocates for establishing a local minimum wage to seek increases in communities across the state.
Voters approved a 2006 proposal that lets communities set a minimum wage that’s higher than the standard set by the state.
In 2013, lawmakers passed a law preventing communities from regulating employee benefits, such as the minimum wage.
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