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Published February 24, 2014, 08:02 PM

Increase in Minnesota's minimum wage to be hot topic in Minnesota legislative session

Thousands of Minnesotans could see more money in their paychecks soon. An increase in the state's minimum wage will be a hot button issue in the Minnesota legislative session that begins Tuesday.

By: Anne Hook, WDAZ

Thousands of Minnesotans could see more money in their paychecks soon. An increase in the state's minimum wage will be a hot button issue in the Minnesota legislative session that begins Tuesday.

Among the eighteen hundred bills expected to be debated, the big issue is a bill that could increase the state's minimum wage. The state's current minimum wage is $6.15, and the federal wage, which because it is higher governs most employers, is $7.25. Law makers are proposing raising that number to $9.50.

Democrats and Republicans are divided on the issue. Many democrats generally agree it needs to go up, but they differ on the details. Many republicans are concerned that a $9.50 and hour wage is a dangerous reach that will cost a loss in rural Minnesota jobs.

Another bill on the agenda this session will be about smart phones.

The bill proposes that all smart phones in Minnesota come with a kill switch that would wipe information from the phone. It's similar to privacy legislation Minnesota U.S. Senator Al Franken is trying to push through in Washington.

Sen. Al Franken said, "This is an area where I want people to have more knowledge about what's going on I want to have more transparency."

A few other key issues sure to spark debate include the health exchange and medical marijuana.

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