The state Senate on Monday approved a measure that would scale back Seattle’s sick-leave law.
Senate Bill 5726, sponsored by Sen. John Braun (R-Centralia), would prohibit cities from requiring sick leave for employers based outside the city limits. The measure was approved by a 29-20 vote. Seattle passed the ordinance last year requiring businesses with more than five employees to provide paid sick leave.
Republican Leader Mark Schoesler (R-Ritzville) called Seattle’s law a “book-keeping, job-killing nightmare” for employers based outside of Seattle, but do business there.
“This about the other cities and counties in the state that didn’t get to vote in Seattle,” Schoesler said.
Democrats opposed to the bill say the legislation interferes in a local jurisdiction’s right to due process.
“It’s not about fairness. It’s about punishing the city of Seattle for a policy they made,” said Sen. David Frockt (D-Seattle).
Meanwhile, a proposal to expand Seattle’s law statewide is still alive in the House. House Bill 1313 would require employers with more than four full-time employees to provide paid sick leave for workers, or sick members their family. The Senate bill now moves on to the other chamber for consideration.