City clerk verifies paid sick leave signatures
City Clerk Leticia Vacek on Thursday certified that a coalition of grassroots activists had collected enough valid signatures to force City Council to adopt a paid sick leave ordinance, or put the measure to a public vote.
The council did not take action on the proposal; instead, council members are planning to gather public input at a hearing Aug. 8 ahead of an Aug. 16 council meeting.
The council has until Aug. 20 to place items on the November ballot.
The ordinance would require that private employees earn an hour of sick leave for every 30 hours of work. The ordinance would take effect Aug. 1, 2019, for most businesses, and in 2021 for those with five or fewer employees.
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Vacek verified that Working Texans for Paid Sick Time had collected more than 70,000 valid signatures, reaching the required 69,950-signature threshold. The group collected 145,000 total signatures.
The proposal drew public opposition from multiple representatives of local business organizations. Before the meeting, sick leave advocates held a rally outside the municipal plaza building urging council members to avoid delaying the proposal until the May ballot.
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