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Maine's Minimum Wage, 26 MRS §664  
Last updated: March 2020

Introduction

Maine enacted its minimum wage in 1959 (PL 1959, c. 362). The rate was $1.00 per hour.  Originally codified as RS 1954, c. 30, 132-C, this statute is now located at 26 MRS 664. This legislative history includes legislation amending these statutes.
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Year LD Amendments Final
Disposition
Summary  of Change
to 26 MRS §664
Legislative Record
Debate & Remarks
Other Documents & News Clips Full LD
History
1959 LD 92

AN ACT Establishing a Minimum Wage

OTP-ND:
LD 1337
Enacted with amendments:

#319     #382
#338     #383
#379     #483
#380
#381
PL 1959, c. 362 $1.00/hr Senate, April 30, 1959
p. 1259-1263

Senate, May 1, 1959
p. 1308-1313

House, May 5, 1959
p. 1369

House, May 6, 1959
p. 1443

House, May 6, 1959
p. 1445

House, May 7, 1959
p. 1476-1477

House, May 7, 1959
p. 1518-1524

House, May 8, 1959
p. 1548

House, May 11, 1959
p. 1576-1578

Senate, May 14, 1959
p. 1702-1714

House, May 15, 1959
p. 1758-1759

House, May 20, 1959
p. 1912-1925

Senate, May 21, 1959
p. 1927-1928

Senate, May 27, 1959
p. 2029

Senate, June 2, 1959
p. 2205-2206

Senate, June 4, 1959
p. 2298-2299

House, June 5, 1959
p. 2349-2350

House, June 9, 1959
p. 2421-2423
N/A N/A
1961 LD 1135

AN ACT Revising Minimum Wage Law

OTP-ND:
LD 1537
Enacted with amendments:

H-207
H-215
PL 1961, c.277, §6 Employers and employees subject to statutes House, April 21, 1961
p. 1424-1425

House, April 25, 1961
p. 1446-1448

Senate, April 26, 1961
p. 1486-1489
N/A N/A
1965 LD 1313

AN ACT Revising the Minimum Wage Law

OTP-ND:
LD 1504
Enacted with amendments:

H-397
H-422
S-191
PL 1965, c. 410, §5 $1.15/hr for 1 year beginning
Oct. 15, 1965

Thereafter $1.25/hr

Employee exclusions and overtime provisions
Senate, May 5, 1965
p. 1780-1781

House, May 21, 1965
p. 2429

House, June 1, 1965
p. 2865-2870

Senate, June 2, 1965
p. 2936

House, June 2, 1965
p. 2966-2971

House, June 4, 1965
p. 3115-3116
N/A N/A
1967 LD 38

AN ACT Increasing Minimum Wages
Enacted with amendments:

H-284
S-68
PL 1967, c. 333 $1.40/hr for 1 year beginning Oct. 15, 1967

Thereafter $1.50/hr

Also increased minimum wages for certain types of employees

Added exceptions
Senate, April 11, 1967
p. 1119-1121

Senate, May 4, 1967
p. 1623-1634

House, May 5, 1967
p. 1644-1646

House, May 16, 1967
p. 2020-2027
N/A N/A
1967 LD 172

AN ACT Revising the Minimum Wage Law
Enacted with amendment:

S-127
PL 1967, c. 466, §5 Employee tips Senate, May 12, 1967
p. 1946-1948
N/A N/A
1969 LD 893

An Act to Exempt Seamen from the Payment of Overtime Wages
N/A PL 1969, c. 184, §6 Overtime provisions shall not apply to seamen Senate, March 28, 1969
p. 869
N/A N/A
1969 LD 1106

An Act Revising the Minimum Wage Law

OTP-ND:
LD 1487
Enacted with amendment:

S-181
PL 1969, c. 356 $1.60/hr beginning Oct. 15, 1969 House, May 13, 1969
p. 2009-2011

Senate, May 22, 1969
p. 2435

House, May 26, 1969
p. 2521-2522
N/A N/A
1969 LD 1248

AN ACT to Correct Errors and Inconsistencies in the Public Laws
Enacted with amendments:

H-593     S-335
H-594     S-342
H-611     S-343
S-317      S-350
S-332
PL 1969, c. 504, 43 Corrected a misspelling Senate, June 24, 1969
p. 4211-4212

Senate, June 25, 1969
p. 4300

Senate, June 27, 1969
p. 4442-4443

Senate, June 28, 1969
p. 4485-4486

House, June 30, 1969
p. 4494-4501

House, June 30, 1969
p. 4502

House, June 30, 1969
p. 4504-4506

Senate, June 30, 1969
p. 4516-4519

Senate, June 30, 1969
p. 4531-4532

House, July 1, 1969
p. 4560-4561
N/A N/A
1970 LD 1779

AN ACT to Correct Errors and Inconsistencies in the Public Laws
Enacted with amendments:

Committee Amendment "A" (LD 1846)

H-711
H-714
PL 1969, c. 590 Added "seamen" to the last sentence of the first paragraph House, February 6, 1970
p. 911

House, February 6, 1970
p. 942

House, February 6, 1970
p. 944-947

Senate, February 6, 1970
p. 991-993

House, February 7, 1970
p. 1007-1008
N/A N/A
1971 LD 44

AN ACT Increasing Minimum Wages
Enacted with amendment:

H-289
PL 1971, c. 415 $1.80/hr

Minimum wage will be the same as the federal law when the federal minimum wage is in the range of $1.80 to $2 per hour
Senate, April 6, 1971
p. 1245

Senate, April 7, 1971
p. 1298-1302

Senate, April 7, 1971
p. 1310

Senate, April 15, 1971
p. 1544-1546

Senate, April 21, 1971
p. 1710-1712

House, April 22, 1971
p. 1727-1735

House, April 28, 1971
p. 1912-1919

Senate, May 6, 1971
p. 2340-2347

House, May 7, 1971
p. 2349-2356

House, May 11, 1971
p. 2459

House, May 14, 1971
p. 2666

House, May 18, 1971
p. 2751-2753

House, May 19, 1971
p. 2803

House, May 24, 1971
p. 3064-3065

Senate, May 26, 1971
p. 3237-3238

Senate, June 9, 1971
p. 3842
News Clips:  Please contact a Reference Librarian. N/A
1971 LD 92

AN ACT Relating to When Overtime Pay Commences for Employees
Enacted with amendment:

S-12
PL 1971, c. 78 Makes the Maine law on overtime apply at the same time as the Federal law No debate. N/A N/A
1972 LD 2004

AN ACT to Correct Errors and Inconsistencies in the Public Laws
Enacted with amendments:

S-391
S-396
 PL 1971, c. 622, §88 Changes "48 hours" to "40 hours" overtime and effective date House, March 9, 1972
p. 998-1000

House, March 10, 1972
p. 1043-1044
News Clips:  Please contact a Reference Librarian. N/A
1972 LD 2058

AN ACT Implementing the Reorganization of the Department of Manpower Affairs
N/A PL 1971, c. 620, §13 Changes each occurrence of "Commissioner" to "Director" House, March 8, 1972
p. 923-927

House, March 9, 1972
p. 957-967
News Clips:  Please contact a Reference Librarian. N/A
1973 LD 112

AN ACT Increasing Minimum Wages
Enacted with amendments:

H-318
S-159
PL 1973, c. 467 $1.90/hr House, May 8, 1973
p. 2435-2446

Senate, June 5, 1973
p. 3814
News Clips:  Please contact a Reference Librarian. N/A
1973 LD 911

AN ACT Relating to Minimum Wages
Enacted with amendment:

H-385
PL 1973, c. 420 Changes minimum wage cap to $3.00/hr No debate. N/A N/A
1973 LD 1883

AN ACT to Correct Errors and Inconsistencies in the Public Laws

OTP-ND:
LD 2044
Enacted with amendments:

H-617     S-267
S-256     S-270
S-258     S-280
S-261
S-262
PL 1973, c. 625, §171 Repeals and replaces the first
sentence to consolidate the effects of PL 1973, c.  420 and PL 1973, c.  467
House, June 22, 1973
p. 4737-4738

Senate, June 25, 1973
p. 4778-4779

Senate, June 25, 1973
p. 4781-4783

Senate, June 25, 1973
p. 4785-4786

Senate, June 26, 1973
p. 4839

Senate, June 28, 1973
p. 4943-4944

House, July 2, 1973
p. 4984-4985

House, July 2, 1973
p. 4987-4988

House, July 3, 1973
p. 5045-5046
News Clips:  Please contact a Reference Librarian. N/A
1974 LD 2321

AN ACT to Increase the Minimum Wage
Enacted with amendment:

H-745
PL 1973, c. 752 $2.00/hr House, March 11, 1974
p. 1410-1422

House, March 12, 1974
p. 1461

Senate, March 13, 1974
p. 1564-1568

House, March 14, 1974
p. 1627-1628

House, March 14, 1974
p. 1634-1635

Senate, March 14, 1974
p. 1656-1659

House, March 15, 1974
p. 1696-1697

Senate, March 18, 1974
p. 1765-1766

House, March 19, 1974
p. 1787-1791

Senate, March 21, 1974
p. 2046
News Clips:  Please contact a Reference Librarian. N/A
1975 LD 173

AN ACT to Increase the Minimum Wage to $2.50 an Hour

OTP-ND:
LD 1834
N/A PL 1975, c. 352 $2.30/hr House, April 22, 1975
p. B633-B638

House, April 23, 1975
p. B649

Senate, April 28, 1975
p. B729-B735

Senate, April 29, 1975
p. B760-B763

House, May 7, 1975
p. B885

Senate, May 8, 1975
p. B923

House, May 14, 1975
p. B1017-B1021

Senate, May 16, 1975
p. B1095

Senate, May 16, 1975
p. B1095-B1096

House, May 19, 1975
p. B1104

Senate, May 22, 1975
p. B1270
News Clips:  Please contact a Reference Librarian. N/A
1975 LD 422

AN ACT to Extend Standard Coverage under the Minimum Wage Statutes to Employees of Nursing Homes and Hospitals
N/A PL 1975, c. 23 Allows nursing home and hospital employees to be covered by the standard minimum wage No debate. N/A N/A
1979 LD 43

AN ACT to Increase the Minimum Wage to $4 Per Hour
Enacted with amendment:

S-29
PL 1979, c. 54 $2.90/hr

Changes the minimum wage cap to $4.00/hr
House, March 6, 1979
p. 303-304

Senate, March 8, 1979
p. 342-343

Senate, March 9, 1979
p. 356-358

House, March 14, 1979
p. 399-403

Senate, March 15, 1979
p. 417-418

House, March 22, 1979
p. 487
N/A N/A
1979 LD 552

An Act to Require that All Public Employees be Paid at Least the Federal Minimum Wage
Enacted with amendments:

H-238
H-258
S-329
PL 1979, c. 516, 3 Overtime provision does not apply to public employees No debate. N/A N/A
1984 LD 2236

AN ACT to Increase the Minimum Wage
to $3.55
Enacted with amendments:

H-734
S-410
PL 1983, c. 857 $3.45/hr Senate, March 13, 1984
p. 238-239

House, March 15, 1984
p. 243

House, March 29, 1984
p. 401-403

Senate, March 30, 1984
p. 450-451

House, April 3, 1984
p. 459-462

House, April 10, 1984
p. 561-566

House, April 11, 1984
p. 605-610

Senate, April 11, 1984
p. 632

House, April 13, 1984
p. 694-695

House, April 13, 1984
p. 696-699


Senate, April 13, 1984
p. 705

House, April 24, 1984
p. 711-713
Committee File:  Please contact a Reference Librarian.

News Clips:  Please contact a Reference Librarian.
N/A
1985 LD 121

An Act Concerning Salary Provisions for Automotive Industry Personnel
Enacted with amendment:

S-22
PL 1985, c. 76, 2 Exempts automobile mechanics and salesmen from the overtime pay provisions No debate. Committee File:  Please contact a Reference Librarian. Yes
1986 LD 1939

An Act to Equalize the State Tipping Minimum Wage and the Federal Tipping Minimum Wage
Enacted with amendment:

H-531
PL 1985, c. 576 Reduces tipping credit under state law to $1.54 in 1986, and then increases it to $1.64 thereafter House, February 25, 1986
p. 388
Committee File:  Please contact a Reference Librarian. Yes
1988 LD 1948

AN ACT to Increase the Minimum Wage

OTP-ND:
LD 2582
N/A PL 1987, c. 738 Increases minimum wage to $3.75/hr effective Jan. 1, 1989

Increases minimum wage to $3.85/hr effective Jan. 1, 1990
House, March 29, 1988
p. 630-632
Committee File:  Please contact a Reference Librarian.

News Clips:  Please contact a Reference Librarian.
Yes
1991 LD 905

An Act to Increase Penalties for Child Labor Law Violations
Enacted with amendments:

H-593
S-347
PL 1991, c. 544, 1 Increases the student minimum wage from 75% to 85% of the minimum wage House, June 10, 1991
p. H-1068-H-1069

Senate, June 12, 1991
p. S-1249-S-1254

House, June 26, 1991
p. H-1279-H-1281
Committee File:  Please contact a Reference Librarian.

News Clips:  Please contact a Reference Librarian.
Yes
1991 LD 1329

An Act Concerning Salary Provisions for Automotive Industry Personnel

Enacted with amendment:

S-354
PL 1991, c. 507, §2 Provides that the overtime provisions of the state minimum wage law are not applicable to automobile parts clerks who are employed by businesses selling vehicles to the ultimate purchaser and who are not paid on an hourly basis No debate. Committee File:  Please contact a Reference Librarian. Yes
1993 LD 1108

An Act to Amend the Child Labor Laws
Enacted with amendments:

H-484
S-366
PL 1993, c. 434, 1, 8 Repeals the provision of law that allowed employers to pay students under 19 years 85% of the minimum wage No debate. Committee File:  Please contact a Reference Librarian. Yes
1993 LD 1335

An Act to Bring the State Tipping Wage up to the Federal Tipping Wage
Enacted with amendment:

S-332
PL 1993, c. 233 Brings the wage for tipped
employees to 50% of the state minimum wage
No debate. Committee File:  Please contact a Reference Librarian. Yes
1995 LD 143

An Act to Increase the Minimum Wage in Maine
Enacted with amendment:

H-67
PL 1995, c. 305 Increases the minimum wage cap from $5.00/hr to $5.15/hr House, May 10, 1995
p. H-609-H-616

Senate, May 23, 1995
p. S-837-S-843

House, June 1, 1995
p. H-827

House, June7, 1995
p. H-885-H-888

House, June 16, 1995
p. H-1090-H-1092
Committee File:  Please contact a Reference Librarian.

News Clips:  Please contact a Reference Librarian.
Yes
1996 LD 1606

An Act to Amend the Overtime Laws as They Pertain to Bonuses
N/A PL 1995, c. 510 Clarifies that the calculation of overtime pay under Maine law is identical to the calculation of overtime pay under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act No debate. Committee File:  Please contact a Reference Librarian. Yes
1997 LD 347

An Act to Require Overtime Pay for Employees of Large Agricultural Employers
Enacted with amendment:

H-155
PL 1997, c. 136 Requires the payment of overtime pay for individuals employed at an egg processing facility with more than 300,000 laying birds House, April 7, 1997
p. H-405

House, April 8, 1997
p. H-418-H-420

Senate, April 10, 1997
p. S-510-S-513

House, April 17, 1997
p. H-524-H-530
Committee File:  Please contact a Reference Librarian.

News Clips:  Please contact a Reference Librarian.
Yes
2001 LD 544

An Act to Eliminate Unnecessary Paperwork for Wage-hour Compliance
Enacted with amendment:

H-114
PL 2001, c. 336 Requires the Department of Labor to follow federal interpretation of comparable terms when determining whether automobile mechanics, parts clerks and salesmen are exempt from the state law requiring payment of time-and-a-half for overtime hours House, April 25, 2001
p. H-486-H-487

House, May 2, 2001
p. H-580-H-582

House, May 14, 2001
p. H-771-H-772
Committee File:  Please contact a Reference Librarian. Yes
2001 LD 1591

An Act to Raise the Minimum Wage, to Expand the Tax Credit for Health Benefits Paid by a Small Business and to Increase the Earned Income Credit
Enacted with amendment:

S-63
PL 2001, c. 297 $5.15/hr beginning Jan. 1, 2002

$6.25/hr beginning Jan. 1, 2003

Retains language in current law providing that the state minimum wage increases to conform to any increases in the federal minimum wage, up to a maximum of $1.00 per hour above the specified state minimum
House, May 4, 2001
p. H-620-H-623

Committee File:  Please contact a Reference Librarian.

News Clips:  Please contact a Reference Librarian.
Yes
2002 LD 2108

An Act to Coordinate the Maine Overtime Pay Provisions with the Federal Fair Labor Standards Act Regarding Exceptions for Businesses Involved in the Transportation of Persons or Goods
Enacted with amendment:

H-999
PL 2001, c. 628 Overtime provisions related to truck drivers and driver's helpers House, March 26, 2002
p. H-1958
Committee File:  Please contact a Reference Librarian.

News Clips:  Please contact a Reference Librarian.
Yes
2003 LD 1619

An Act To Provide Equitable Treatment to State Employees
Enacted with amendment:

H-531
PL 2003, c. 423, 1, 2 Includes state employees, except for legislative employees, in the law requiring employers to pay time-and-a-half for overtime hours worked

Compensatory time may in some instances be substituted for overtime pay, when allowed by federal law
No debate. Committee File:  Please contact a Reference Librarian.

News Clips:  Please contact a Reference Librarian.
Yes
2004 LD 673

An Act To Increase Maine's Minimum Wage
Enacted with amendments:

S-359
S-491
S-563
PL 2003, c. 697 $6.35/hr beginning Oct. 1, 2004

$6.50/hr beginning Oct. 1, 2005
Senate, March 11, 2004
p. S-1370-H-1372

House, March 29, 2004
p. H-1459-H-1466

Senate, April 7, 2004
p. S-1550-S-1554

House, April 7, 2004
p. H-1553-H-1555

Senate, April 29, 2004
p. S-1726-S-1727
Committee File:  Please contact a Reference Librarian.

News Clips:  Please contact a Reference Librarian.
Yes
2006 LD 235

An Act To Increase the Minimum Wage
Enacted with amendment:

H-725
PL 2005, c. 578 $6.75/hr beginning Oct. 1, 2006

$7.00/hr beginning Oct. 1, 2007
House, February 8, 2006
p. H-1203-H-1213

Senate, March 7, 2006
p. S-1551-S-1558

Senate, March 27, 2006
p. S-1671-S-1672

House, April 5, 2006
p. H-1465-H-1466

House, April 10, 2006
p. H-1513-H-1521
Committee File:  Please contact a Reference Librarian.

News Clips:  Please contact a Reference Librarian.
Yes
2007 LD 1295

An Act To Amend the Labor Laws Regarding Automobile Dealerships
Enacted with amendment:

H-476
PL 2007, c. 360, §5 Amends the wage and hour overtime laws in relation to automobile dealership employees primarily engaged in financing and insurance assistance and individuals employed as automobile service writers at automobile dealerships House, June 11, 2007
p. H-738-H-740
Committee File:  Please contact a Reference Librarian. Yes
2007 LD 1543

An Act To Clarify the Use of Tips in Payment of Service Employees
Enacted with amendment:

H-370
PL 2007, c. 367, §2 Clarifies that tips belong to the employee providing direct service and that the entire tip must go to the employee by the next regular payday

Allows the pooling of tips in limited circumstances
No debate. Committee File:  Please contact a Reference Librarian. Yes
2008 LD 1697

An Act To Ensure Fair Wages
Enacted with amendments:

S-452
S-570
S-587
S-628
PL 2007, c. 640, 4, 5, 6 $7.25/hr beginning Oct. 1, 2008

$7.50/hr beginning Oct. 1, 2009

Removes the exemption of domestic service providers, public and educational non-profit employees, and those working in hotels, motels, restaurants, and other eating establishments from the State minimum wage and overtime laws
Senate, April 7, 2008
p. S-1840-S-1841

House, April 11, 2008
p. H-1567-H-1568

Senate, April 11, 2008
p. S-1953-S-1960

Senate, April 15, 2008
p. S-1999-S-2000

Senate, April 15, 2008
p. S-2003-S-2004
Committee File:  Please contact a Reference Librarian.

News Clips:  Please contact a Reference Librarian.
Yes
2011 LD 207

An Act To Amend the Laws Regarding Tips Used in Payment of Service Employees
Enacted with amendment:

S-58
PL 2011, c. 118, 3, 4 Tips, tip pooling, and service charges No debate. Committee File:  Please contact a Reference Librarian.

News Clips:  Please contact a Reference Librarian.
Yes
2011 LD 1685

An Act To Conform Maine Law to Federal Law Regarding Payment of Overtime to Truck Drivers and Driver's Helpers
Enacted with amendments:

H-732
H-744
PL  2011, c. 681 Overtime rate for truck drivers and driver's helpers House, March 6, 2012
p. H-1211
Committee File:  Please contact a Reference Librarian. Yes
2015 LD 1661, IB 4

An Act To Raise the Minimum Wage
N/A IB 2015, c. 2

Approved at
Nov. 8, 2016 referendum

Yes: 420,892
No: 337,486
$9.00/hr beginning Jan. 1, 2017

$5.00/hr for tipped employees beginning on Jan. 1, 2017

$10.00/hr beginning Jan. 1, 2018

$11.00/hr beginning Jan. 1, 2019

$12.00/hr beginning Jan. 1, 2020

Beginning Jan. 1, 2021, the minimum wage will increase by the cost of living as measured by the Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers for the Northeast Region

Beginning Jan. 1, 2018, $1.00/hr per year increase for tipped employees until it reaches the same amount as the regular minimum wage
House, March 17, 2016
p. H-1391-H-1397
News Clips:  Please contact a Reference Librarian. Yes
2017 LD 673

An Act To Restore the Tip Credit to Maine's Minimum Wage Law
Enacted with amendments:

S-209
H-518
PL 2017, c. 272 Eliminates the scheduled increases in the minimum wage applicable to service employees and starting January 1, 2018, establishes the tip credit in the minimum wage laws at 50% of the general minimum hourly wage

Clarifies other provisions related to the tip credit
Senate, June 7, 2017
p. S-936-S-944

House, June 13, 2017
p. H-876-H-885

Senate, June 15, 2017
p. S-1101
Committee File:  Please contact a Reference Librarian.

News Clips:  Please contact a Reference Librarian.
Yes
2017 LD 1575

An Act To Update the Statutes Governing the Bureau of Labor Standards To Promote Clarity for Workers and Employers
Enacted with amendment:

S-252
PL 2019, c. 219, 15, 20 Clarifies that the exemption in the overtime wage laws regarding work involving agricultural produce, meat and fish products, and perishable foods applies to work distributing such products and applies this change retroactivity to pending cases, except for cases pending on March 12, 2017 No debate. Court Opinion:  O'Connor v. Oakhurst Dairy, 851 F.3d 69 (1st Cir. 2017)

Committee File:
  Please contact a Reference Librarian.
Yes
2019 LD 81

An Act To Clarify Maine Law Regarding the Tips of Service Employees
N/A PL 2019, c. 10 Tip pooling Not yet available. Committee File:  Please contact a Reference Librarian. N/A
2019 LD 1828

An Act To Amend the Laws Governing Overtime
Enacted with amendment:

S-292
PL 2019, c. 387 Adds to the list of exempted employees from state overtime pay requirements those state employees in the executive branch and the judicial branch engaged in fire protection activities and in law enforcement activities Not yet available. Committee File:  Please contact a Reference Librarian. N/A