FRANKFORT, Ky. (WDRB) -- A bill raising the state's minimum wage for the first time since 2009 cleared the House on Thursday after a three-hour debate.

House Bill 1 gradually raises Kentucky's minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10.

Minimum wage will increase to $8.20 July 1, 2014, and will gradually increase to $10.10 by July 2016.

"Raising the minimum wage will have an immense effect on the working women in Kentucky trying to raise a family," said House Speaker Greg Stumbo, who has made the effort to raise minimum wage his top priority.

"Bureau of Labor statistics show that a minimum wage worker in Kentucky is more than likely to be a woman, over the age of 25 who has at least one child. That's who needs this legislation; that's who deserves this legislation and who have waited long enough for a boost in minimum wage. I'm happy to have my colleagues in the House play a part in offering hard working Kentuckians a chance to get ahead – I hope our friends in the Senate follow suit.

The bill passed 54-44 with bipartisan support and how heads to the Senate.

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