Waters Bill To Ease Employment Age Restrictions Passes House

The Washington State House passed a bill authored by Stevenson Republican Kevin Waters intended to help ease Washington’s workforce issue by allowing, under specific and limited circumstances, youth between the ages of 18 and 21 to be employed in establishments traditionally classified as off-limits to persons under the age of 21.  It passed just before a deadline to for bills to pass their chamber of origin, and Waters had thought earlier in the day the bill would not make it out.  Waters says it is a move that many restaurants and taverns need to keep their businesses staffed.  The bill now moves to the Senate for consideration.

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