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Senate Reverses Panel's Action on Overtime Pay

May 24, 1997|Associated Press

SACRAMENTO — In a defeat for Gov. Pete Wilson's administration, the state Senate has voted to reverse a commission decision and restore a requirement for overtime pay after eight hours of work per day.

But Thursday's roll call was far short of the two-thirds majority needed to override an anticipated veto by Gov. Wilson.

Twenty-one senators, a bare majority of the 40-seat Senate, voted to send the overtime bill to the Assembly.

The bill is a response to a 3-2 vote last month by the state Industrial Welfare Commission to abolish the eight-hour rule for 6 million nonunionized workers in a variety of industries.

The bill, by Sen. Hilda Solis (D-El Monte), would require time-and-a-half pay for employees if they work more than eight hours a day and double-time pay after 12 hours a day.

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