San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee has proposed an amendment to the city’s charter that would help empower local businesses in the legislative process.

The amendment would create a legislative trigger for any ordinance that was deemed by the city’s controller to create a net loss of jobs. Such a determination would require the legislation to be discussed at a “jobs-impact panel” before the 7-member Small Business Commission.

The commission could then suggest changes or even introduce its own alternatives to the legislation.

From the San Francisco Examiner:

Any proposals coming out of City Hall that could be job killers would face a tougher and slower process under a charter amendment submitted Tuesday by Mayor Ed Lee.

For years, business advocates have complained that the Board of Supervisors doesn’t listen to them when it comes to proposals that impact their bottom line, most recently over changes proposed by progressive board members to The City’s health care mandate.

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