Gov. DeSantis strips worker wage, heat protection powers from cities
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'Regulations promulgated in Washington or Tallahassee are less likely to be appropriate than in almost any other area of regulation.'

Florida cities and counties will be barred from requiring businesses to give water breaks or other “cooling measures” to employees who work outside after Gov. Ron DeSantis signed HB 433.

The measure also removes the power of local governments to require contractors to pay higher wages, or use higher pay as an incentive in awarding bids. The new law, which takes effect July 1, also bars cities and counties from requiring employers to give workers their work hours ahead of time.

The votes mostly fell along party lines, with Republicans in support and Democrats opposed, but a handful of GOP lawmakers in each chamber also voted against it.

Sens. Alexis Calatayud, Ileana GarciaEd Hooper and Ana Maria Rodriguez joined Democrats voting against it. In the House, Reps. Mike Beltran, Linda Chaney, Vicki Lopez and James Mooney were the Republicans to vote “no.”

In a statement explaining his vote, Beltran wrote that it was the preemption of the heat protections that led him to oppose it.

“Due to Florida’s unusually hot climate, the variation thereof throughout the state, and the diverse economy, I believe that local regulation may be appropriate,” Beltran stated. “Weather, working conditions, and the nature of work performed vary considerably throughout the state. Regulations promulgated in Washington or Tallahassee are less likely to be appropriate than in almost any other area of regulation.”

The measure was supported by business groups, which opposed a push by some local governments to impose heat protection or wage regulations on businesses and contractors.

“Running a small business is never easy, but it’s even harder when owners have to contend with a patchwork of local and sometimes contradictory rules and regulations,” said Bill Herrle, National Federation of Independent Business Florida state director, in a written statement supporting the bill signing.

“Big corporations can afford to hire compliance officers to ensure they follow every ordinance in every city and county where they do business.”

Unions and worker advocates had opposed the bill and called on DeSantis to veto the measure.

Gray Rohrer


  • Paul

    April 12, 2024 at 9:28 am

    Next year, legislation barring companies from voluntarily giving water or heat breaks.


      April 12, 2024 at 6:30 pm

      Thats just silly Pauley, STAND BY FOR NEWS:
      America, what a Sage and Correct by the next VPOTUS of The USA, Ron, “THE RONALD” DeSantis.
      Ron clearely sees what the Florida Legislature failed to see.
      Most Municipalities are operated by elected “DOOK 4 BRAINS LEFTYS” and because of that we Must keep them on a Short Leash. Otherwise they will mandate “Homer Testicle Sex” breaks, “Mastrubation breaks”, and “Weed Smoking breaks.
      And America, get real, the other Nations of The World are already laughing at the “Feckless” 8iden Administration.
      We just dont need those “Hedonistic” types of mandated work breaks.
      Earl Pitts “WORK PLACE SAFETY EXPERT” American

      • Rick Whitaker

        April 12, 2024 at 8:06 pm

        earl, how dare you talk that homer testical bull. iv’e seen that picture of you in that gay pose and also, remember, i know about what happened to the dishwasher boy at your cincinati bar b que joint. you are a HUGE phony.


          April 13, 2024 at 8:35 pm

          Thanks Rick
          That was a classic “Wacky Leftist Followup” to Earl’s Sage Wisdom!
          You are the best at elevating my credibility with All Readers here at Our Beloved Online Host, F.P., ran by The Sage and Beloved Peter … AKA “The Man”.
          Thanks again, Rick,
          Earl Pitts “Rick’s Sage Boss” American

          • rick whitaker

            April 14, 2024 at 6:24 pm

            EARL, your attempt to not mention the things i just exposed about you is a classic defenence. BUT, remember that info about the dishwashing boy at your restaurant and the drag pose photo are on line right now. i would post the stuff as an attatchment but the moderators might think i was exposing you TOO much. if you call me exposing you for the hypocrit that you are, ” elevating your ecposure “, well i guess i am elavating you. keep in mind people can easily look up the tjhings i said about you online. that’s one bad part about being a c list celebrity even inthe old days when you wre known as the flamboyant one. that’s an old term i’m sure you’ll remember people calling you. i’ve done some research on you , and could do lot’s more, but you are actually quite boring. all of your acts are very much yesterdays news. at 82 years lod, it’s wonder you haven’t chocked on your own bull yet.

          • rick whitaker

            April 14, 2024 at 8:32 pm

            EARL, you still haven’t responded to the dishwasher boy incident at your restaurant. i know you lie daily, but if you have even 3 or 4 fans instead of the many you say you do, that would be asking you about the cincinati dishwasher incident. of course everyone knows what jerry springer done to your ass when you started hassling him. earl, you got a lot of explaining to do. i guess you really do feel like sphincter man

  • Bill Pollard

    April 12, 2024 at 10:47 am

    Florida needs more labor unions and the governor’s mansion needs to be picketed by organized labor. So does the statehouse the next time the legislature comes into session. Some of the laws coming into effect are criminal and will eventually be ruled unconstitutional.

    • Bob Smith

      April 12, 2024 at 10:50 am


      • Josh Green

        April 12, 2024 at 10:07 pm

        How does that boot polish taste, Bob?

  • Dont Say FLA

    April 12, 2024 at 10:52 am

    That’s the G0P’s Pro Life stance for ya.

    If you’re a parasite living inside a human until such time that you spawn, they say they care about you.

    If you are a human, however, you can go F yourself. If you didn’t want to die from heat stroke at work, you should have learned to do baseball and should have parlayed baseball into Ivy League University degrees.

  • KathrynA

    April 12, 2024 at 12:59 pm

    What is wrong with this legislature to bar mandating water breaks and heat breaks in the long summer of heat and humidity? So much for pro-life. There is no way a person can work effectively outside in Florida without this–I guess the company can pay the hospital bill needed when their workers start dropping from heat stroke??!!


      April 12, 2024 at 8:04 pm

      Good evening beautiful Kathy,
      For the answer to your “Whats Wrong” question I refer you to my, Earl Pitts American’s, all encompassing response to “Pauley” above.
      You will be so thankfull that Earl cares about you and your feelings.
      Have a great evening beautiful Kathy,
      Earl Pitts American

      • Rick Whitaker

        April 12, 2024 at 8:07 pm



          April 13, 2024 at 12:58 pm

          You Sir are Chastized for attempting to interfere with my beloved employee Rick Whitaker in carrying out his Sage Duties of making ME, Earl Pitts American, look great by Rick’s Wackey Lefty Follow-Ups to my Knowledge-Drops of Sage and Rightous Wisdom.
          Run along now and quit trying to “Catch Earl & Ricks Wave of Inmortal On-Line Influnce.

          • rick whitaker

            April 14, 2024 at 8:25 pm

            EARL, i would say fu-k you, but you would probably hurt yourself trying to fu-k yourself.

        • rick whitaker

          April 14, 2024 at 9:12 pm

          EARL PITTS IS A PEDOPHILE, stay on earl, he needs set out for the scumbag punk’s punk that he is. i commend you for your diligence. the guy needs locked up real bad.

  • John L

    April 12, 2024 at 1:15 pm

    DUH Santis ushering the Gilded age for workers again. Sweat shops and 9 years old working in the mines again is their goal.


      April 13, 2024 at 8:53 pm

      You are hereby Chastized “Little Johnny” for “The Crime” OF “Failure to Agree with & Failure to Kiss The Sage 8UTT of Earl.
      Do Better HenceForth ” Little Johnny “,
      Earl Pitts American

      • rick whitaker

        April 15, 2024 at 6:43 am

        EARL, chastize this, said the large well hung lefty.

  • Ron Forrest Ron

    April 12, 2024 at 2:14 pm

    DeSantis must be hoping to see the 18, 19 and 20 year old women that are too young to strip painfully employed out on Florida’s highways doing road construction in micro-bikinis.

  • tom palmer

    April 12, 2024 at 6:03 pm

    sad priorities for workers.

  • Josh Green

    April 12, 2024 at 10:05 pm

    Can a Conservative Ron DeSantis supporter please explain why this is a good thing and why they support it? I’d love to be enlightened.

  • Elmo

    April 13, 2024 at 10:54 am

    This is another bill for which he did not hold a press conference to celebrate its signing because he knows it is evil. Ron DeSantis is slime.

  • Dr. Franklin Waters

    April 13, 2024 at 11:15 am

    I’ve said it a million times. If you’re NOT a mult-millionaire, and you’re a Republican, you’re a moron.

    This is who the GOP is.

    • Ocean Joe

      April 13, 2024 at 11:46 am

      True, but don’t discount the lure of all the race stuff.

      • Dr. Franklin Waters

        April 13, 2024 at 4:10 pm

        Which only drives the point home further.

        Republican voters are such hateful, racist morons they’re willing to vote hard against their own interests just to stick it to minorities.

        If hell is real, it’s surely full of Conservative Christians.

        • rick whitaker

          April 15, 2024 at 6:02 am


  • Ocean Joe

    April 13, 2024 at 11:44 am

    Raising the minimum wage nearly killed the Desantis crowd, giving a sip of water would finish them off.
    When you’re a climate denier because the big fat guy says it’s a hoax, then protecting the health of Florida’s labor isn’t on the menu.
    It’s the Republican way!

    • Silly Wabbit

      April 13, 2024 at 12:32 pm

      Kwazy Wepublicans.

  • Margaret

    April 13, 2024 at 12:32 pm

    Write your Congressman/woman and ask them to write into Law for Federal regulation, heat protections for workers, with shade and water breaks to prevent heat exhaustion and possible death.
    I did, for whatever it’s worth. One must simply fight back against the cruelty of DeSantis and the anonymous sponsors of his shameful signing of of an equally shameful Republican-led Legislature. And vote for Democrats next time to prevent future cruelty.

  • Biscuit

    April 13, 2024 at 12:56 pm

    It appears the self-professed Christian, Governor Ron DeSantis, has given the outdoor laborers of Florida their crosses to bear.
    Too bad there’s no Humane Society for humans in this state.

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