ROCKVILLE, Md. (AP) — The Montgomery County Council has voted to establish a county minimum wage and raise that hourly rate to $11.50 by 2017.

The 8-1 vote Tuesday night followed hours of tense debate, but County Executive Ike Leggett says he will sign the measure into law.

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The action would raise the hourly rate far above the current state and federal minimum of $7.25. It increases the wage in steps to $8.40 in October 2014, $9.55 in 2015, $10.75 in 2016 and $11.50 in 2017.

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The Prince George’s County Council on Wednesday unanimously voted to raise the county’s minimum wage to $11.50 an hour by Oct. 1, 2017.

Other jurisdictions locally and around the country are also considering similar changes. An initial vote by the D.C. Council is set for Dec. 3.

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