Council OKs bill requiring delivery app/restaurant deals

SEATTLE (AP) — The Seattle City Council has approved a law that will require meal-delivery apps to sign agreements with restaurants instead of listing restaurants on the apps and taking orders without permission. The Seattle Times reports Council President M. Lorena González sponsored the law, saying it will protect restaurants, simplify work for delivery-app drivers and provide customers with more reliable service. The vote was 8-0. Mayor Jenny Durkan’s office said she hasn’t reviewed the law yet to determine whether she’ll sign it or let it become law without her signature. Council staff noted the law could result in some restaurants paying delivery fees they’re not paying now, possibly less work for drivers and fewer options for customers.