Earlier today the Seattle Times reported that Senate Republicans are in the process of pushing two bills in Olympia that aim to put the brakes on Seattle's recently passed paid sick-leave law. Senate Bill 5728 would do away with Seattle's legislation all together, asserting that sick-leave requirements fall under the jurisdiction of the Legislature, while Senate Bill 5726 would prohibit cities from making sick-leave requirements for employers based outside the city - as Seattle's does.
Not surprisingly, these efforts - spearheaded by Centralia Republican John Braun and backed by Senate Majority Leader Rodney Tom - are drawing the ire of the local political figures who helped enact Seattle's sick-leave law.
Speaking to the Times, Seattle City Councilmember Nick Licata - who sponsored Seattle's paid sick-leave legislation - called the situation "a violation of trust in the democratic process."
Meanwhile, Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn says state lawmakers should back off.
"Our economic growth strategy is working here in Seattle," McGinn tells Seattle Weekly. "The state legislature shouldn't mess with it."