Hospitality associations are suing Seattle over new rights for hotel workers that the city’s voters approved last month with Initiative 124. The groups object to a provision requiring hotels to keep lists of guests whom workers accuse of sexual assault or harassment.
Source: Hotel trade groups sue over Seattle initiative that gives new rights to workers | The Seattle Times
Local Democratic lawmakers spoke in Seattle on Monday at an event declaring Washington would continue to be a “hate-free state.” But activists, protesting a proposed youth jail in Seattle, disrupted the event.
Source: Officials declaring Washington a ‘hate-free state’ are shouted down by youth-jail opponents | The Seattle Times
Burien won’t imminently be a sanctuary city after all. The city attorney told the City Council that its sanctuary-city ordinance had not passed, because it had the support of only a majority of council members present, not a majority of the entire council.
Source: Burien city attorney says council’s sanctuary-city vote doesn’t count | The Seattle Times
Perspectives on bike helmets divide Seattle cyclists, but some want to ditch local laws to help any Seattle bike share program flourish.
Source: Should Seattle ditch bike helmets to save its bike share?
Rep Melanie Stambaugh (R) was charged with an ethics violation for posting videos on her facebook page
Source: The persecution and show trial of Rep Melanie Stambaugh | We the Governed
The Burien City Council voted narrowly Monday night to pass a so-called sanctuary-city ordinance, declaring that city personnel will not ask for documentation of a person’s immigration status. Seattle and King County have similar statutes.
Source: Burien to be a sanctuary city, council declares in 3-2 vote | The Seattle Times
The Seattle City Council voted on March 15, 2016, to buy the struggling Pronto bike-share program in a $1.4 million rescue.
Source: Seattle to buy, expand failing Pronto bike-share program | The Seattle Times
Some Seattle business owners including restaurateur Tom Douglas have begun publicly criticizing city leaders for biting the hand that feeds their city.
Source: Tom Douglas, business owners increasingly upset with Seattle council, mayor