Current Issues

Progressive Revenue Taskforce on Housing and Homelessness
The Council has convened a taskforce to identify progressive sources of revenue to assist people who are homeless or at high risk of becoming homeless. The goal is to help such people obtain and retain stable housing.
Legal Defense for Immigrants & Refugees
The City of Seattle may create a legal defense fund for immigrants and refugees, providing representation for them in immigration court. This vastly increases their chances of being able to stay in the country.
Welcoming Cities Resolution
On Wednesday, January 25th, 2017 President Trump signed Executive Orders that directly impact our immigrant and refugee community. This resolution reaffirms the City’s commitment to stand by, support and protect our immigrant and refugee communities
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.
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.
Strengthening Chinatown / the International District
Chinatown-International District, and the people, business and organizations that call it home, are a valued part of Seattle. The history, culture and community represented here are part of what makes Seattle a thriving city and our goal is to protect and strengthen the neighborhood.
Seattle Renters' Commission
The purpose of the Seattle Renters’ Commission is to advise the Mayor and City Council on issues and policies of importance to renters citywide.
Police Reform
View an infographic explaining the how the Council is building lasting, independent police reform in Seattle.
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.
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.