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Bill Would Allow Local Governments To Require Employers Provide Sick Pay

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Lynne Sladky
AP Photo

Under a new bill, counties and cities could require employers to give workers benefits like sick pay.

Several years ago, residents of Orange County wanted to vote on whether workers are entitled to paid sick-time benefits. About 50,000 residents signed a petition in support, but before the issue was placed on the ballot, the Florida legislature approved a bill stopping local governments from requiring employers to provide the benefits. Then Gov. Rick Scott signed it into law that same year. Now, Democratic lawmakers are trying to repeal it. Sen. Jose Javier Rodriguez (D-Miami) and Rep.Carlos Guillermo Smith (D-Winter Park) are pushing those repeals.