The Washington State Court of Appeals ruled in our favor and threw out I-124 in its entirety. The court determined that I-124 was unconstitutional because it contains multiple subjects. Read more here. This ruling is on the case that AHLA, Washington Hospitality Association, and the Seattle Hotel Association originally filed in 2016, shortly after I-124 became law.

The city has the option of appealing this ruling to the Supreme Court. We will be consulting with our attorneys and will inform you of any next steps.

The Seattle Hotel Association’s statement on this ruling:

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Seattle hotels remain committed to a safe, healthy work environment that respects the rights of both our employees and our guests. We’re pleased with today’s ruling in the Court of Appeals. Initiative 124 threatened that commitment, impeding the industry’s ability to manage and provide opportunities to its workforce while violating the rights of our customers.

We know that working together is a more effective means to address the issues put forth in this initiative. Hoteliers look forward to continuing our commitment to fostering a safe and vibrant environment in Seattle for our employees and guests.