Judge Tosses SeaTac Minimum Wage Petitions

A judge tossed a petition seeking a vote to raise SeaTac's minimum wage to $15 an hour on the grounds that it didn't have enough signatures; in response, proponents filed more signatures.

By Erica C. Barnett August 27, 2013

A King County judge tossed out a petition to raise the minimum wage in the city of SeaTac to $15 yesterday, ruling that the minimum-wage proponents had not collected enough signatures to put the measure on the November ballot. The Washington Restaurant Association, Alaska Airlines, and two airport food companies sued to keep the measure off the ballot. 

The judge, King County Superior Court justice Andrea Darvis, ruled that the signatures of 61 people who signed the petitions twice were void, and that both the duplicate signatures and the originals must be thrown out. That decision pushed the number of valid signatures below the 1,541 required to put the measure on the ballot. The measure's proponents, organized as "Yes! For SeaTac," submitted 2,500 signatures overall.

"The initiative sponsors have failed to present the requisite number of valid signatures to have the initiative presented to the voters at the general election in November," Darvis wrote in her ruling. 

After the the ruling, petition supporters announced that they had filed an additional 250 signatures, which they say they're allowed to do, despite the fact that the deadline for filing signatures has passed, under a law giving petition supporters ten days to amend a petition with extra signatures. 

"Big airlines, rental car companies, the Washington Restaurant Association and other multinational and overseas corporations have already contributed close to $250,000 to overturn this citizen-led initiative, attempting to maintain a rigged system that benefits their own bottom line at the expense of hard working SeaTac families," Yes! For SeaTac said in a statement. 



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