D.C.

Large Retailer Accountability Act turned over to Mayor Vincent Gray

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WASHINGTON (WJLA) - More than six weeks after it was originally passed by the D.C. Council, Mayor Vincent Gray finally got his hands Friday on the bill that would force large retailers in the district to pay a higher minimum wage.

“I’m sure [Mayor Gray] doesn’t appreciate the attention and the pressure on him, but 51 days has allowed 51 days for public discussion about this bill," says Council Chairman Phil Mendelson.

The Large Retailer Accountability Act would require major chain stores that operate inside Washington's city limits, including Wal-Mart, to pay a minimum wage of $12.50 per hour.

That's more than $4 per hour more than the city's standard minimum wage.

Mayor Gray has repeatedly said that he does not know whether or not he'll sign the bill, veto it or send it back to the D.C. Council with no decision.

Regardless of his decision, Gray has 10 business days to decide once the bill reaches his desk.

Wal-mart officials say that if the bill becomes law, it will cancel three of the six stores it plans to build in the District, even though construction has begun on some of them.

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