TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/NSF) – Miami Beach wants the Florida Supreme Court to take up a battle about whether the city can move forward with a local minimum wage.READ MORE: Going To The Fort Lauderdale Air Show This Weekend? Here's What You Need To Know
The city has filed a notice that it is appealing a December 13th decision by the 3rd District Court of Appeal that struck down the local minimum wage, which was approved in 2016 and was slated to take effect in 2018.
Opponents, including the Florida Retail Federation, the Florida Chamber of Commerce and the Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association, filed a lawsuit against the city, contending that local governments do not have the legal authority to set their own minimum wages. The case, in part, focused on a 2004 constitutional amendment that created a higher minimum wage in Florida than the federal minimum wage.READ MORE: Florida Police Chase Involved Man Who Stole Two Police Cruisers
Miami Beach argued that the constitutional amendment also allowed it to set a different minimum wage. But the 3rd District Court of Appeal said an earlier state law prevented local governments from setting minimum wages and that the constitutional amendment did not change that “preemption” law.
The notice filed in the Supreme Court does not detail the city’s legal positions. The ordinance approved last year by the Miami Beach City Commission set a minimum wage of $10.31 an hour to take effect in 2018, with the wage going up $1 a year to $13.31 on Jan. 1, 2021. That is higher than the statewide minimum wage, which is $8.10 this year and will go to $8.25 on Monday.MORE NEWS: Woman Arrested Following Fight At Miami International Airport
The News Service of Florida contributed to this report.