Mayor Responds to AG’s letter concerning proposed sick leave ordinance

SAN ANTONIO (KTSA News) – Mayor Ron Nirenberg has responded on KTSA to a letter from the Texas Attorney General stating that local municipalities have no authority to require businesses to give employees paid sick leave.

“Most people would agree that paid sick time is a good idea for businesses but probably isn’t something for local governments to legislate, and I think I agree with that,” the mayor said on the Trey Ware Morning Show.

The letter from AG Ken Paxton was sent as city council prepares to certify petition signatures submitted to the city clerk’s office calling for a vote on a proposed paid sick leave ordinance.

“Petitions that are signed legally have to be heard. We will do that August 2. We’ll likely certify those petitions,” Nirenberg said.

He told Trey Ware that the council will get a briefing from city attorneys on the legalities surrounding the proposal. A similar ordinance approved in Austin is being challenged in court.

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