City Also in Morning News
posted by November 7 at 9:58 AMon
As the state and county economy tanks, a proposal to put King County employees on unpaid furlough for two weeks next year has been rejected by the King County Superior Court, which says shutting down courtrooms on non-holiday weekdays would violate the state constitution. The result could be the elimination of drug court—which allows felony drug defendants to accept treatment in lieu of jail—and Family Court Services, which mediates between estranged parents and protects children at risk of violence. It’s unclear what, if any, ramifications the courts’ decision will have for other divisions of county government that Sims has proposed to put on furlough. The unions for court staffers have already agreed to Sims’s proposal.