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Assembly Passes Minimum Wage Hike

A bill to raise Nevada's minimum wage passed the Assembly Wednesday in a party-line vote. 

The measure seeks to raise the minimum wage to $12 an hour for workers not offered health insurance and $11 an hour for employees who are.

The measure now moves to the state Senate for consideration.  Assembly Speaker Jason Frierson says a minimum wage raise would positively impact hundreds of thousands of state residents. 

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Former Republican Governor Brian Sandoval vetoed a similar bill in 2017. 

Frierson said a joint resolution separate of the bill aims to increase the minimum wage and constitutionally remove the two-tiered minimum wage structure.

That measure also passed the Assembly Wednesday.