$10.10 Minimum Wage Bill Passes in Md. General Assembly

- ANNAPOLIS, Md. - The Maryland General Assembly passed legislation Monday to raise the state's minimum wage to $10.10 an hour by 2018. 

The bill was passed by the House of Delegates in March 89 to 46, and cleared the Senate on April 5, 2014 by a vote of 34 to 13. 

Monday's final concurrence vote in the House of Delegates was 87 to 47. 

A top priority of Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley, he's expected to sign the bill quickly after session ends. 

This is the first time that a minimum wage bill has been passed by the Maryland General Assembly since 2006. 

The bill will raise the wage from $7.25 an hour to $8.00 on January 1, 2015. It will raise again to $8.25 on July 1, 2015. Workers will get subsequent raises to $8.75 on July 1, 2016 and $9.25 on July 1, 2017. The full-phase to $10.10 will take place on July 1, 2018. 

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