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Current Issues

Gun Safety

Addressing Gun Safety Issues in Seatle
The Council is considering two pieces of legislation to address gun safety issues in Seattle. One would create a gun violence tax on the sellers of firearms and ammunications, and the other would require mandatory reporting of lost or stolen firearms.


University District Business Improvement Area
Based on public comment, the Council's Finance and Culture Committee is considering expanding the University District Business Improvement District (BIA.) BIAs promote economic development, neighborhood revitalization and livability.


Seattle Transportation Benefit District: Proposal to Fund Metro Service in Seattle
The Seattle Transportation Benefit District is currently considering a proposed ballot measure to preserve Metro Transit service in Seattle. This legislation would prevent devastating transit cuts coming to Seattle next year.

Gender Pay

Action on Gender Pay Disparity
A study has found women in the Seattle area are paid 73 cents for every dollar paid to men.  Council is taking action on this diparity, engaging experts, identifying the causes and taking action on solutions.

Minimum Wage

Minimum Wage and Income Inequality
The City Council Select Committee on Minimum Wage and Income Inequality was established to review minimum wage-related legislation to be delivered from Mayor Murray expected in April or May 2014 relating to a Seattle-specific minimum wage.

Affordable Housing

Affordable Workforce Housing
The City Council is currently undergoing a review of the affordable housing programs geared toward preserving/increasing the supply of housing affordable to moderate and low income households in Seattle that earning between 60%-100% Area Median Income (AMI).

Oil Trains

Oil Train Safety
Oil trains frequently pass through Seattle, and Council is concerned about the safety standards of the tanker cars.


Road to Housing
The 2014 budget proposes increased funding for the renamed Road to Housing program to scale up our efforts citywide and help even more people living in their vehicles.

Commercial Recycling

Seattle Park District
The Seattle Park District will provide funding for City parks and recreation including maintaining parklands and facilities, operating community centers and recreation programs, and developing new neighborhood parks on previously acquired sites.

Marijuana in Seattle

Marijuana in Seattle
Washington State recently approved the production and sale of marijuana for medical and recreational use. Council is now determining where larger-scale marijuana-related activities should be limited in Seattle.

Comprehensive Plan

Comprehensive Plan Amendments
The city's Comprehensive Plan (Comp Plan), titled "Toward a Sustainable Seattle," is a document created in 1994 that sets out the goals, values and policies guiding us as we accommodate growth over time.  Once a year, the public has the opportunity to suggest amendments to that plan.  Click here to learn more.

Neighborhood Greenways

Priority Hire
We've all heard about "outsourcing," but Seattle is looking at a way to "insource" jobs, by requiring that, for publicly-financed construction projects, some percentage of the work be performed by employees from a certain geographic area where too many people have faced challenges to stable, living-wage employment.

City Hall

Developing a sustainable retirement system
During its City budget deliberations in the fall of 2010, the City Council issued a statement of legislative intent directing staff to develop alternatives to the current Seattle City Employees' Retirement System (SCERS) benefit.

Commercial Recycling

Comprehensive Commercial Recycling in Seattle
Comprehensive Commercial Recycling will require businesses to recycle their glass, aluminum, tin, and plastic, in addition to paper and cardboard. This is the next step in recycling for Seattle.

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