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March 10, 2017JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. |  By: Coffey / AP

Missouri House sends bill to Senate to block St. Louis from raising local minimum wage

Missouri House lawmakers have passed a bill to block St. Louis from raising the local minimum wage. The GOP-led House on Thursday voted 112-46 to send the measure to the Senate. Republican lawmakers are fast-tracking the legislation to prevent a higher minimum wage from taking effect in St. Louis.  

At issue is a Missouri Supreme Court ruling last month to overturn on procedural grounds a 1998 law prohibiting some cities from creating their own minimum wages. The ruling allowed St. Louis to move forward with a 2015 ordinance to raise the minimum wage to $10 an hour this year and to $11 by 2018. First District State Representative Allen Andrews, a Republican from Grant City, says the bill addresses a difficult balancing act between the cost of goods and services and living wages.

Missouri's minimum wage is currently $7.70 an hour.