Current Issues

Secure Scheduling
This legislation would add stability and predictability to workers' schedules as well as their incomes.
Paid Parental and Family Leave
The City is considering legislation to expand paid parental leave and create a family leave benefit for City of Seattle employees.
Regulating Short Term Rentals
The Council seeks to balance the economic opportunity created by short term rentals with the need to maintain the availability of long-term rental housing.
Encouraging Backyard Cottages and Mother-in-Law Units
As the city faces an affordable housing crisis, the Council developed legislation to increase the housing supply by encouraging low-impact housing options that fit within the scale and character of Seattle's single-family neighborhoods.
Sound Transit 3 Response
Read the recommendations from the City Council to the Sound Transit Board as to the content of the proposed ST3 ballot measure in November 2016.
Addressing Gun Safety Issues in Seattle
The Council unanimously passed two pieces of legislation to improve gun safety in Seattle. One establishes a gun violence tax on firearms and ammunition and the other to requires mandatory reporting of lost or stolen firearms.
Affordable Housing
The Council has passed legislation to create more affordable housing throughout the city.
North Seattle Police Precinct
The Council is considering the construction of a new North Precinct facility for the police to serve the north end of the city.
Ending Conversion Therapy
The Council unanimously passed legislation to ban conversion therapy, or the attempt to change a person's sexual orientation or gender identity, for minors.
Marijuana in Seattle
Learn more about marijuana in Seattle.
Oil Train Safety
Oil trains, which have resulted in death, injury, and substantial damage to property and the environment, regularly run through the heart of Seattle. The Council is doing everything in its power to ensure the safety of the city.
Giving Drivers a Voice
Seattle City Council unanimously adopted legislation that will give eligible drivers at taxi, for-hire, and companies like Uber and Lyft a voice on the job and the opportunity to negotiate for improved working conditions.
The following letters have been signed by at least two councilmembers
Office of Professional Accountability Review Board
The Office of Professional Accountability Review Board (OPARB) provides community oversight and awareness of Seattle Police Department practices and its employee accountability system.