The state legislature is considering a bill this week that would require service industry professionals to pool some of their tips together and redistribute the money.
House Bill 112, which is co-sponsored by Representative Mike Madden of District 40, which encompasses areas in both Sheridan and Johnson Counties, would require waitresses to share their tips with bussers, bar tenders, counter attendants, and even chefs who prepare food by the tableside, at their employers' discretion.
Tracy Turk has 10 years of experience working in jobs where tips comprise the majority of her income. She says mandating redistribution of tips is a bad
Current laws allow tipped employees to be paid far less than standard minimum wage. Cherise Webb, like many waitresses, depends heavily on tips as her main source of income. She wants to keep what she makes.
Even Sheridan's Democratic Party is speaking out against the measure. Party chair, Hollis Hackman.
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