Sick Leave Campaigners Want Recount

Steven Pickering
July 18, 2018 - 6:01 am
Dallas City Hall

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DALLAS (1080 KRLD) - A group pushing for a paid sick leave ordinance in Dallas wants a recount from officials at Dallas City Hall.

The City Secretary had previously ruled that the Texas Civil Rights Project did not obtain enough signatures to trigger an election on the issue.

The group wants companies in Dallas to be required to provide paid sick leave for their workers. It's trying to get a city ordinance to require that.

Organizers turned in more than 119,000 signatures last week. The City Secretary's office determined that just over 51,000 of those were valid - but that fell a few hundred short of the number to trigger an election.

The Texas Civil Rights Project has sent a letter to the City Secretary's office asking staffers to re-examine thousands of signatures.

The group says more than 2,800 of them were invalidated because the petition-gatherers did not collect the signers date of birth or voter registration number, but the City Secretary could take other steps to validate those signatures - potentially putting the valid number over the amount necessary to trigger an election.

The group's letter asks the City Secretary to complete that process by July 24th.