State lawmakers may vote today on a measure that would block cities from setting local minimum wages.
Last week, the Birmingham City Council voted to expedite the effective date of a planned minimum wage increase to March 1. Republican state Rep. David Faulkner of Mountain Brook filed a bill that would mandate uniform minimum wages in Alabama and void any local wage ordinances.
Alabama has no state minimum wage and uses the federal wage floor of $7.25.
Advocates for low-income workers say local governments are better suited to handle local wage regulations.