Bill to Limit Mandates on Businesses Passes Full Legislature

The Florida Legislature today passed a bill that would prevent mandates on businesses that use polystyrene and Styrofoam products, a Florida Chamber of Commerce 2016 legislative priority.

The Florida Chamber believes that costly employer mandates too often puts government in the way of entrepreneurs, families and communities instead of providing the framework for success so they can thrive.

Many times, these regulations can make the best business practices available illegal. Under HB 7007, sponsored by Representative Jake Raburn (R-Valrico), businesses can continue to use polystyrene products, like Styrofoam, in the handling of food.

This important bill prevents a patchwork of inconsistent local regulations against grocery stores, restaurants and convenience stores that currently use polystyrene products, but continues to allow local governments to ban polystyrene products in areas such as public beaches and parks in order to protect Florida’s precious natural resources.

Additionally, this bill will ensure that the safe and sanitary transportation of food by the most reliable means cannot be made illegal by a local ordinance.

The Florida Chamber commends the Florida Legislature and Rep. Raburn for their commitment to Florida’s businesses and natural resources.

Tell Senators to Reject Burdensome Mandates

This afternoon the Florida Senate Commerce and Tourism Committee will be taking up legislation that will require job creators to offer paid sick leave if they have more than 10 employees, and unpaid sick leave if there are 10 employees or less.

Contact your Senators now to tell them to vote no on SB 294.

The Florida Chamber believes that attempts to mandate the contents of employer-offered benefit packages to include paid sick leave are an intrusion on a decision best left up to the job creator. This legislation directly interferes with the employer-to-employee relationship, and will have a negative impact on a company’s bottom line.

Please contact your Senator and ask them to vote no on SB 294. Please let the Senator know what tough decisions your business might have to make if additional governmental mandates are put on your business.