A judge’s decision to invalidate signatures on an initiative to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour in the city of Sea-Tac is being appealed.
A King County Superior Court Judge Andrea Darvas threw out several dozen signatures on Proposition One, because they were duplicates. She also threw out the original signatures, which left the petition drive 17 signatures short of the required amount.
Heather Weiner is a spokeswoman for “Yes For Sea-Tac”.
“We don’t think that’s right. It makes sense to throw out one signature but not both. And so we’re appealing that decision" says Weiner.
Weiner says the law gives them 10 days to correct a signature issue on an initiative that’s already been previously validated.
“Yes for Sea-Tac” has asked the judge to reconsider her decision.
They are also filing an emergency appeals request with the State Court of Appeals, to reinstate the original signatures. Washington’s minimum wage is currently $9.19 an hour. It’s among the highest in the country.
A number of business organizations are opposed to raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour.
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