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San Antonio Local & National News – February 20, 2091

Written by on February 20, 2019

In Local News –

Republican Gov. Greg Abbott is pushing a bill that would stop cities from forcing private employers to provide paid sick leave to workers.

Cities such as Austin and San Antonio recently passed ordinances requiring private employers to provide paid sick leave. But a state appeals court found Austin’s policy unconstitutional in November.

The bill in the Legislature, filed by State Sen. Brandon Creighton, R-Conroe, and Rep. Craig Goldman, R-Fort Worth, would block municipalities and counties from enforcing employment policies that conflict with state or federal law.

An estimated 39 percent of workers in San Antonio and 41 percent in Dallas don’t have access to paid sick leave. Certain jobs, including food service, construction, farming and fishing, are less likely to provide their employees paid sick time, the report said.



In National News –

A potent winter storm is poised to deliver a mixture of snow, sleet, freezing rain and possible flooding across much of the eastern United States through Thursday.

More than 117 million people in the country, many from the Plains and Midwest to the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast, are under some sort of winter weather watch, warning or advisory. Nearly 20 million are facing a flood warning, watch or a flash flood watch across the Southeast.

Warm moist air streaming north from the Gulf of Mexico will combine with a colder storm system exiting the Rockies to create an expected wintry mix Tuesday night into Wednesday.

Heavy rain fell in the South throughout Tuesday.

Much of the Pacific Northwest is also under winter weather warnings or watches.



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