sBOSTON (AP) -- A bill that would raise Massachusetts' $8 per hour minimum wage to $11 per hour by 2017 could soon be law.
The House of Representatives approved a compromise measure on Wednesday on a 124-24 vote after a brief debate. It was passed by the Senate on a 35-4 vote last week.
The bill does not include automatic adjustments in the minimum wage for inflation, as the Senate had called for in an earlier version.
The bill now goes back to both chambers for a final procedural vote before heading to Gov. Deval Patrick's desk.
Patrick is expected to sign the bill.
A group that has been pushing for a ballot question to raise the minimum wage to $10.50 in two years and link it to inflation said they'll forge ahead until the bill is signed.