Weekly Update – Elections: Democrats Will Likely Control State Senate in 2018

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Election Update: Democrats Will Likely Control State Senate in 2018

All eyes, on Election Night, were on the Senate race in East King County’s 45th Legislative District. Although the final tally is not yet in, it is likely that Manka Dhingra, a Democrat, won against Republican Jinyoung Lee Englund, who was endorsed by the Washington Hospitality Association. If Dhinghra is the winner, Democrats will control the Senate in 2018, ending Olympia’s era of divided government where the Governor’s Office and the House of Representatives were under Democratic control, but the Senate was led by a Republican-dominated coalition since 2013.


Election Success for Seven Endorsed Candidates in Seattle, Tacoma and Legislature

The Washington Hospitality Association endorsed candidates across the state in the general election, which took place on Nov. 7. Endorsed candidates were identified as advocates for the hospitality industry. As of 10 a.m., Nov. 9, here are the statuses on all endorsed candidates. Election results will be certified on Nov. 28. The hospitality industry can celebrate seven victories, including the success of both endorsed mayoral candidates, Jenny Durkan, in Seattle, and Victoria Woodards, in Tacoma, where endorsed candidate Robert Thoms was also successful in Council District 2. Endorsed candidates were also successful in 7th Legislative District, with Shelly Short in the Senate seat and Jacquelin Maycumber, in the House, as well, in the 31st Legislative District, with Philip Fortunato, in the Senate, and Morgan Irwin, in the House.

Department of Health: Transient Accommodation Proposed Fee Increases

The Department of Health has proposed increasing fees on Transient Accommodations by 29.3 percent to recoup costs associated with running the program. On Nov. 16, the Department will hold its first public hearing on the proposed increase. Your Government Affairs team has been in communication with the Department of Health and plans to attend the hearing.

The table below shows the proposed fee increases and how they will impact you.


Want to get involved? You will have the opportunity to provide public comment on Nov. 16, 10 a.m., at the Department of Health in Tumwater (Town Center 2, Room 158, 111 Israel Rd. SE). You can also submit comments to Peter Beaton. If you have questions, concerns, or would like to join us at the public hearing and need talking points, please contact Samantha Louderback.


I-1433 Draft Rules Available – Your Comments Needed by Nov. 17!

During September, the Department of Labor and Industries held public hearings around the state on its draft rules to implement Initiative 1433. The areas covered by these rules are

  • Enforcement – Tips and service charges
  • Enforcement – Retaliation
  • Enforcement – Retaliation – Civil penalties
  • Enforcement – Retaliation – Appeals
  • Enforcement – Paid sick leave

The deadline for submitting comments is Nov. 17. The department is seeking to adopt final rules by Dec. 19. For more information, contact Julia Gorton.


Apply Now for Restaurant Neighbor and Faces of Diversity Awards, Deadline: Nov. 17

It’s that time of the year again, and we are looking for nominees for the National Restaurant Association’s awards. These awards are:

  • Restaurant Neighbor Award– The Restaurant Neighbor Award recognizes restaurants for outstanding community service and philanthropy. National winners are chosen from a pool of state winners to win $10,000 to support their favorite charity or non-profit.
  • Face of Diversity American Dream Award— The American Dream Award honors individuals from a diverse background who, through hard work and determination, have realized their American dream. Three winners are honored each year with this award and three $2,500 scholarships are awarded to ProStart students in the names of the winners.

There are many great restaurants and individuals out there who are worthy of these honors, so please click here and nominate deserving recipients for these awards. The deadline for these award applications is Nov. 17. Read more…



Anelia’s Kitchen & Stage and Kona Kai Coffee on This Week’s DineNW Radio Show – Listen Online!

Don’t miss this week’s DineNW radio show, now online. Andy Cook and Paul Schlienz kick off the show with an interview with Matt Farrell and Jennifer Ferry, co-owners of Anelia’s Kitchen & Stage, in La Conner. Andy and Paul then chat with Mychal Boiser, executive director of Kona Kai Coffee, in Kent.


Eye on Hospitality: FDA Releases Menu Labeling Guidance

Well before the May 7, 2018, effective date for the long-awaited federal menu labeling regulations, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has rolled out some non-binding “guidance” to help with implementation. The FDA’s menu labeling requirements are only mandatory for restaurants and retail outlets with 20 or more locations although smaller operations can “opt-in.” Read more…



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