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September 12, 2003
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- Most state workers and employees of certain companies that do business with the state would have to be paid a "living wage" of at least $10 an hour under a bill California legislators approved on Wednesday.
The Assembly approved the measure by Assemblywoman Sally Lieber, D-Santa Clara, on a 43-33 vote that accepted Senate amendments to the legislation. It was sent to Gov. Gray Davis, who has not indicated whether he'll sign it.
Under the bill, certain companies that signed state contracts worth $50,000 or more would have to pay their employees at least $10 an hour if they also provided the workers with health insurance. For companies without health coverage, the minimum wage would be $12 an hour.
The wage requirement would be inflation-adjusted yearly.