Colorado Revised Statutes Title 8. Labor and Industry § 8-6-101. Legislative declaration--minimum wage of workers--matter of statewide concern--prohibition on local minimum wage enactments

(1) The welfare of the state of Colorado demands that workers be protected from conditions of labor that have a pernicious effect on their health and morals, and it is therefore declared, in the exercise of the police and sovereign power of the state of Colorado, that inadequate wages and unsanitary conditions of labor exert such pernicious effect.

(2) The general assembly hereby finds and determines that issues related to the wages of workers in Colorado have important statewide ramifications for the labor force in this state.  The general assembly, therefore, declares that the minimum wages of workers in this state are a matter of statewide concern.

(3)(a) No unit of local government, whether by acting through its governing body or an initiative, a referendum, or any other process, shall enact any jurisdiction-wide laws with respect to minimum wages;  except that a unit of local government may set minimum wages paid to its own employees.

(b) Notwithstanding the provisions of paragraph (a) of this subsection (3), any local government regulation or law pertaining to minimum wages in effect as of January 1, 1999, shall remain in full force and effect until such law is repealed by the local government entity that enacted the law.

(c) If it is determined by the officer or agency responsible for distributing federal moneys to a local government that compliance with this subsection (3) may cause denial of federal moneys that would otherwise be available or would otherwise be inconsistent with requirements of federal law, this section shall be suspended, but only to the extent necessary to prevent denial of the moneys or to eliminate the inconsistency with federal requirements.

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