Missouri House votes to put a cap on salaries with tips
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Missouri House votes to put a cap on salaries with tips

Date: April 9, 2009
By: Lauren Stenzel
State Capitol Bureau
Links: HB 258

Intro: The Missouri House adopted an amendment that would put a cap on the minimum wage for jobs with tips. RunTime:0:57
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Republican Representative Timothy Jones sponsored a  amendment that would put a cap on the minimum wage of jobs that receive tips.

During debate in the House of Representatives, Jones was received poorly by his opponents, even laughed at.

Actuality:  TJONES.WAV
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Description: "Nobody read that four-paged, singled-spaced, typed explanation of the ballot proposition, probably besides me, and gentlemen they did not know there was an escalator. Gentlemen, I'm just showing a little courage right now, because this was a courageous issue for me to take to the floor. This was a courageous issue." 


Opponents of the bill do not believe it is fair to cut off waiters salaries during this economic situation in an effort to save businesses.

Despite controversy, the amendment was adopted Wednesday.

If the bill is passed, the cap on salaries will be effective July 24.

From the State Capitol, I'm Lauren Stenzel. 


Republican Representative Timothy Jones sponsored an amendment that would put a cap on the minimum wage of jobs that receive tips.

One vocal opponent, Democratic Representative Michael Frame, attempted to that questioned Jones about his measure.

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Description: "Gentleman, is there a question in there?"

"You betcha there is."

"Well get to it, because you're just being, you're just demagoguing. So ask me a question, and I'll answer it. If you want to speak on the bill gentleman, go ahead."

His amendment was adopted on Wednesday.

If the bill passes the cap on minimum wages will be effective July 24.

From the State Capitol, I'm Lauren Stenzel.