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Assembly Vets Republican-Backed Minimum Wage Hike

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Nevada Assembly members are vetting a bill changing overtime calculations and increasing minimum wage for some workers.

Republican senators James Settelmeyer and Patricia Farley presented SB193 to the Assembly Commerce and Labor Committee on Wednesday.

The bill raises the minimum wage to $9 for employees without employer-sponsored health insurance, but keeps the minimum wage at $7.25 for other workers.

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It also repeals a rule that employers must pay overtime after 8 hours of work in a day, and requires overtime once a worker clocks more than 40 hours in a week.

Farley said most minimum wage workers rarely clock 30 hours of work per week and that the bill would help low-wage employees.

Democrats in the Senate voted against the bill and said the overtime changes would hurt all workers.