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With an increase in legislation being pushed at the local level, the hospitality industry faces many challenges. The Washington Hospitality Association’s Government Affairs Team is focused on building relationships at the local level so the hospitality industry is involved in crafting legislation that has the best outcome for employees and businesses.

For more information on Seattle’s hospitality sector, visit the Seattle Restaurant Alliance page here and the Seattle Hotel Association page here.

For information about joining us as a Seattle member, click here.

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Initiative 124:
Seattle voters passed Initiative 124 on Nov. 8, 2016. Initiative 124 concerns health, safety and labor standards for Seattle hotel employees.

Is your hotel impacted? Dig into our in-depth document detailing who is impacted and how to get in compliance. The law went into effect on Dec. 6, 2016.

Secure Scheduling Ordinance:

Secure Scheduling Ordinance took effect July 1, 2017

Sweetened Beverage Tax:

Seattle’s sweetened beverage tax goes into effect on Jan. 1, 2018, and the Seattle Restaurant Alliance has prepared a fact sheet with information and resources to help you understand your responsibilities regarding this new tax.

Short-Term Rentals:

 

On Tuesday, Dec. 5, the short-term rental regulatory bill—the final piece of legislation in the Seattle City Council’s short-term rental package—passed out of committee.  It will go before the full council on Monday, Dec. 11 for final approval.

Two other short-term rental (STR) ordinances have already been passed by the council, a land use ordinance and a tax ordinance that establishes an $8 per night tax for a room and $14 per night tax for an entire unit. The revenue generated by the tax will go to equitable development projects and affordable housing.  Learn more here.

City-Run Retirement:

Packaging:

Restaurant Grading System:

Service Charges:

Minimum Wage:

Paid Sick Leave:

Why Local?

Contacts:

LOCAL GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS DIRECTOR: John Lane – johnl@wahospitality.org

LOCAL GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS SENIOR MANAGER: Anna Boone – annab@wahospitality.org

LOCAL COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER: Jillian Henze – jillianh@wahospitality.org