But majority Republicans have largely rejected efforts to hike the minimum wage, even as neighboring states' pay goes up.
Idaho's wage is currently aligned with the federal minimum of $7.25, and hasn't gone up since 2009.
The state currently has the highest number of workers earning the minimum wage in the U.S.
Sen. Michelle Stennett's proposal comes alongside a proposed voter initiative that seeks to raise pay to $9.80.
The proposal will be introduced Monday morning in the Senate State Affairs Committee.
That's when lawmakers will decide whether to send it forward to a full hearing.
Washington, Idaho's neighbor to the west has the nation's highest wage at $9.32.