Once the traditional opening day ceremonies concluded, both houses of the legislature got down to work right away on a Central Florida Partnership legislative priority with further action seen on two measures that would effectively preempt paid sick leave mandates by local governments. HB 655, authored by Rep. Steve Precourt (R-Orlando), came out of the House State Affairs Committee headed by Central Florida Legislative Delegation Chair Rep. Steve Crisafulli (R-Merritt Island) on a 12-5 party line vote and will be calendared now for floor action. Meanwhile in the Senate, SB 726 was presented to the Senate Community Affairs Committee by its sponsor, Sen. David Simmons (R-Altamonte Springs), who requested and received an assurance from the committee chair the bill would be scheduled for a full hearing and debate next week.
As was the case at its previous House committee stop, HB 655 attracted fierce opposition from Orlando area community activist groups and representatives of organized labor. Offsetting the opposition was a diverse assemblage of business organizations who effectively portrayed the havoc that would result on Florida businesses from paid sick leave mandates.
Among the House members of the Central Florida Legislative Delegation supporting HB 655 were Committee Chair Crisafulli, along with Reps. Jason Brodeur (R-Sanford), Mike LaRosa (R-Kissimmee), Neil Combee (R-Auburndale) and Rep. Ben Albritton (R-Bartow). Opposing the bill were Reps. Linda Stewart (R-Orlando), Dwayne Taylor (D-Daytona Beach) and Ricardo Rangel (D-Kissimmee).
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