Senate Bill 331 was originally designed to block local governments from passing ordinances to regulate the purchase of puppies from high-volume dog breeders — a bill that is unpopular with animal rights groups and cities that back strong home rule authority. Grove City outside Columbus and Toledo passed such local ordinances.
On Tuesday in the House Finance Committee, the bill was amended to also prohibit cities from setting a minimum wage rate different than the state’s rate. Worker advocates in Cleveland are pushing for a $15 an hour minimum wage there. Ohio’s minimum wage has been indexed to inflation since voters passed a ballot initiative in 2006. The state minimum wage is $8.10 an hour for non-tipped workers.