When Initiative 124 passed, it attracted two lawsuits: one that tried to invalidate the entire bill, and another that attacked only one part: the requirement that hotel employers purchase health insurance for their employees. Last summer, facing an almost certain loss in the courts, Council member Mosqueda led an effort that repealed I-124 and replaced it with four separate, modified bills that she hoped would resolve the legal challenges in the two cases. But as expected today the plaintiff in the second case, ERIC, filed an updated complaint arguing that the rewritten bill requiring employers to provide healthcase, still violates federal law.
There was an awful lot of speechifying today, given that this afternoon’s agenda only had three resolutions and no ordinances.
Today the Washington State Department of Health confirmed a case of the Wuhan coronavirus in a patient in Everett, the first confirmed case in the United States. It’s still early days, but here’s what’s known so far about the Wuhan coronavirus.
Eyes are on the impeachment trial and on the state legislative session in Olympia, so it’s a quiet start to the week for Seattle politics.
It’s a holiday week, so the normal Council schedule is shifted around a bit. Nevertheless, three committees meet for the first time this week.
The snow is nearly gone, and we made it to the end of the week. Congratulations!
Here’s the Friday news.
A quiet weather day, and a quiet news day.
Seattle dodged a bullet with the snow last night. Whew!
Here’s the news from City Hall.
The weather reports now suggest there might be heavy snow tonight. Be careful out there.
Now here’s the news.
The new Council is getting up and running, committee meetings are scheduled, and things are starting to happen on the second floor of City Hall.