The Louisiana legislature opens its 2014 session on March 10, 2014. Among the bills pre-filed before the start of the session are 14 bills addressing the minimum wage rate. The bills range from those with local focus (proposals to raise the minimum wage in the cities of Monroe, West Monroe, and/or Ouachita Parish) to bills affecting the minimum wage rate for the entire state. Proposed rates range from the current federal minimum ($7.25/ hour) to $10.00 per hour.
The bills are expected to come before the Labor & Industrial Relations Committees in the House or Senate in the early part if the Session.