Florida lobbyists leaned on pols to get ban on local heat safety and wage laws across the finish line, records show

As an added 'incentive,' the Chamber noted that lawmakers' votes would be double-weighted on their upcoming legislative report cards.

By McKenna Schueler

On the final day of Florida’s legislative session, state lawmakers approved one of the most controversial bills of the year, blocking local governments from requiring employers to provide basic heat safety protections for their workers, such as shade,  water breaks, employee monitoring and “appropriate first-aid measures.” It also bans cities and counties from regulating employers’ scheduling practices and, effective Sept. 30, 2026, from requiring employers they contract with to pay employees a rate higher than Florida’s minimum wage, which is currently $12 an hour...

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