Detroit, MI - The Detroit City Council voted Tuesday, June 13, 2023, to prohibit Detroit businesses from rejecting cash payments through an ordinance that includes misdemeanor penalties for establishments that don't accept dollar bills or change. The Cashless Business Ban ordinance was sponsored by District 2 Council member Angela Whitfield Calloway. The law to require all city businesses to accept cash for payment of food, drink, goods and services will go into effect in 90 days. The new ordinance appears to apply to Detroit's largest sports venues, including Little Caesars Arena, Comerica Park and Ford Field, which all have vendors that only accept credit card or electronic payments.
King County, WA - The King County, WA Council on Tuesday, June 27, 2023, voted 5-4 to approve legislation to require retail businesses in unincorporated King County to accept cash. The measure, brought by Council member Jeanne Kohl-Welles, is meant to ensure everyone has access to the economy, including people who cannot or choose not to access bank accounts, credit cards, and other financial tools. For the full story, click here.