Michigan House approves bill restricting local wage agreements

LANSING, MI (AP) – Local governments in Michigan would be prohibited from setting local minimum wages or other requirements for employers under a bill approved in the Republican-controlled House a day after passing through committee amid protests.

The House approved the bill 57-52 Wednesday, with several Republicans joining minority Democrats in voting against the bill.

Democrats offered more than a dozen amendments that failed without a vote.

Bill supporters say the legislation is needed to prevent a patchwork of local ordinances that could create a challenging structure for economic development.

Bill opponents say it would take away local control and the ability for local governments to decide what is best for their communities.

A committee hearing on the bill Tuesday was interrupted several times by protesters.

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