The House Committee on Labor and Workforce Development took public testimony Tuesday on House Bill 2672, which would raise the minimum wage to $12 an hour over the next three years.
Sawant argued that while every step toward increasing the minimum wage is critical, raising it to $12 will not be enough. She urged lawmakers to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour this year.
Under the measure, the wage would increase incrementally from $9.32 an hour to $12 an hour on Jan. 1, 2017.
The bill isn't expected to gain traction in the Senate, which is controlled by a predominantly Republican majority.
Washington's minimum wage is currently the highest in the nation. The federal minimum wage is $7.25 an hour.