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Published on Friday, February 5, 2016

Preempting cities from enacting minimum wage and sick leave laws

On February 1, the Senate Commerce & Labor Committee heard two proposals that would preempt cities from enacting minimum wage laws. On February 3, SSB 6578 was moved forward by the committee on a party-line vote. The substitute version still prohibits cities, towns, and port districts from enacting wage and benefit laws, but unlike the original version, it doesn’t undo such laws locally enacted in Seattle, SeaTac, Tacoma, and Spokane. The fate of this bill is uncertain.

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