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Delaware minimum wage bill temporarily on hold

 A bill that would mandate paid maternity or paternity leave for Delaware state employees advanced Tuesday in Legislative Hall in Dover. (File/WHYY)

A bill that would mandate paid maternity or paternity leave for Delaware state employees advanced Tuesday in Legislative Hall in Dover. (File/WHYY)

Legislation to increase the minimum wage in Delaware was tabled Tuesday, so its sponsor can adjust certain provisions in the bill.

If passed, the bill sponsored by State. Sen. Robert Marshall, D-Wilmington, would periodically increase the minimum wage in Delaware from its current $8.25 to $10.25 in 2020.

Last year, the Senate passed similar legislation, also sponsored by Marshall, with an 11-8 vote, but it never went to the House floor for a vote.

The Senate was set to vote on the new bill Tuesday, but tabled it so Marshall can amend a current provision requiring the state to increase the minimum wage after 2020 by a percentage equal to the cost-of-living adjustment under the federal Social Security Act. The same detail was eliminated last year.

The Senate is likely to vote on the amended bill this week.

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