Bob Huff

Minimum-wage hike and oil-drilling ban are among state bills shelved for the year

State lawmakers shelved bills Thursday to raise the minimum wage, ban oil drilling off the coast and provide work permits to agricultural laborers who are in the country illegally. The bills were among more than 100 set aside for the year as the Legislature draws within two weeks of the end of the 2015 session. Among legislation still moving forward is a package of anti-tobacco bills approved by the Senate that includes measures to increase the smoking age to 21 and restrict the use of electronic cigarettes in public. With this year's session ending Sept. 11, lawmakers faced a deadline Thursday for deciding which bills they can afford this year. They withheld action on measures they...