Oklahoma labor group wants to raise minimum wage in OKC, but proposed bill would make it illegal

An Oklahoma labor group wants to raise the minimum wage in Oklahoma City, but a bill in the Oklahoma Senate could make that process difficult.

Right now, Oklahoma's minimum wage is $7.25 an hour.

Senate Bill 1023 would make it illegal for any "municipality or other political subdivision" of the state to raise the minimum wage in Oklahoma.

Tulsa Senator Dan Newberry wrote the bill which is co-sponsored by recently-elected House Speaker Jeff Hickman.

However, the Central Oklahoma Labor Federation is starting a petition drive to increase the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour in OKC.

The group says the raise is necessary because the annual cost of living has increased.

Some lawmakers say it's better for the state legislature to be in charge of setting minimum wage rates.

If passed, Senate Bill 1023 would go into effect July 1, 2014.