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Judges rule on sick time pay initiative

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On Friday, a three judge panel ruled Orange County must put a sick-time referendum on the ballot.

More than 50,000 residents signed the initiative that would make it mandatory for businesses in Orange County to offer paid sick time leave for their workers.

Maria McCluskey is an organizer with Citizens for a Greater Orange County, the group fighting for the initiative.

"It was an unprecedented attempt at a citizens' ballot initiative," said McCluskey. "This was democracy at its purest form. It's about time that the county is forced to do the right thing for voters and for democracy."

Last fall, county election officials said backers of the measure filed too late to get the question on the ballot.

McCluckey's group then filed a lawsuit against county commissioners. On Thursday, the group submitted an affidavit to force the court to rule. On Friday, the three judge panel ruled the county's decision was "impractical and contrary to the plain meaning of its charter."

"This really is a pro-family policy, a pro-middle class policy, and it's great for Orange County," said McCluskey.

County Spokesperson Steve Triggs sent FOX 35 a statement, writing "The Orange County legal staff assigned to the case is evaluating the order from the judge panel and will consult with the Mayor and Board of County Commissioners early next week to decide a course of action."

The next scheduled election for voters in orange county is August 14th.


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