- Associated Press - Friday, May 6, 2016

PHOENIX (AP) - A measure that would block cities, towns and counties from regulating paid time off, retirement plans or other employee benefits has passed in the House.

The proposal comes as San Francisco becomes the first city in the country to mandate full parental leave for most workers and citizen coalitions in Arizona are seeking signatures for initiatives to increase the minimum wage and set standards for paid sick leave.

Republican Rep. J.D. Mesnard is sponsoring the proposal that would prohibit cities and towns from regulating non-wage compensation that includes welfare benefits, bonuses, retirement plans as well as sick, vacation and severance pay.

House Bill 2579 passed on a 34-20 vote. It now heads to the governor’s desk.

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