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Measure Would Prohibit WA Cities From Enacting Sick-Leave Or Wage Laws

(Olympia, WA)  --  A bill introduced in the Washington Legislature is aimed at preventing cities from enacting laws that mandate sick-leave policies or raise wages.  GOP Senator Mike Baumgartner of Spokane is calling the measure the "Seattle quarantine" bill, and says it's intended to prevent city councils from making labor laws that include setting the minimum wage higher than is required by state law.  Baumgartner told the "Spokesman-Review" that already-existing laws, such as Seattle's minimum-wage law, would be grandfathered in.

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