Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) signed a bill on Friday which blocks local governments from implementing mandatory paid sick leave legislation, the Orlando Sentinel reports. The Republican governor sided with businesses such as Walt Disney World, Darden Restaurants, the Florida Chamber of Commerce and a broad array of powerful business interests that argued the ban was needed to avoid various local employment rules for companies.
It took Scott only 4 of the 15 days he was allowed legally to review the bill before signing.
Think Progress reports:
The bill is part of a national effort to pass so-called “preemption bills” that would block paid sick leave legislation that is backed by the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), a right-wing group that coordinates conservative laws across states. The state’s House Majority Leader, Steve Precourt (R), who was instrumental in putting forward the preemption bill, is an active ALEC member.
Florida follows a rash of preemption bills in the states, which cropped up inWisconsin, Michigan, and Mississippi. These bills are part of ALEC’s efforts to weaken wage and labor standards: Since 2011, 67 such ALEC-affiliated bills have been introduced in state legislatures, 11 of which had been signed into law before Scott signed this bill.
GOP, you’re doing that outreach thing wrong.
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