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Tennessee bill seeks to raise minimum wage to $15 per hour

If passed, the Tennessee Minimum Wage Act would require employers in the state to pay employees at least $15 per hour after July 1, 2020.

A bill filled in the Tennessee legislature this week is seeking to more than double the minimum hourly wage for employees.

Sen. Sara Kyle (D-Memphis) introduced SB1788 on Wednesday. The bill is called the "Tennessee Minimum Wage Act" and would seek to raise the current minimum wage in the state from $7.25 to $15 per hour. 

Sen. Jeff Yarbro (D-Nashville) filed SB1797, a bill that would also increase the minimum wage for state employees to $15. 

Both bills, if passed, would take effect on July 1, 2020.

An earlier version of this story credited Sen. Yarbro with the Tennessee Minimum Wage Act, and that is incorrect. WBIR regrets the error.

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