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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

 4:13 PM 

Senate backs minimum wage exemption

The Senate has concurred in legislation that would exempt outside salespersons from the state’s minimum wage law 18-15.

Sen. Fred Risser, D-Madison, called the bill unnecessary, arguing that all workers subject to an employer should be provided benefits under state law.

“Why we should exempt employees -- anyone -- from the minimum wage law is beyond me,” Risser said.

Senate Minority Leader Chris Larson, D-Milwaukee, said the state is on the wrong side of the minimum wage debate happening at the national level.

"We are looking for loopholes to exempt professions from the minimum wage," Larson said.

Prior to debate on that bill, the chamber concurred in a slew of additional bills without debate, including legislation requiring outside investigations of deaths involving law enforcement officers.


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