ICYMI: Rep. Mel Ponder Talks Tourism

Last Wednesday, we celebrated Florida Tourism Day at the Capitol, and Rep. Mel Ponder gave an impassioned speech about the importance of tourism to our state. This week, we have talked extensively with House leadership about the importance of VISIT FLORIDA funding, and we thank them for taking the time to listen. Florida truly is a state of hospitality.

This Week in the Capitol

Predictive Scheduling Passes House Committee

HB 847, which preempts conditions of employment, including predictive scheduling practices, to the state passed the Workforce Development & Tourism Subcommittee and now heads to Local, Federal & Veterans Subcommittee. Predictive scheduling includes practices like setting schedules two weeks in advance, guaranteeing pay if shifts are cancelled, and preventing shift swaps. Learn more about the bill here.

Beverage Bill Passes Third Committee

Rep. Tomkow's bill regarding beverage law, HB 261 passed its third committee in the House. This bill allows certain entities and persons to engage in cooperative advertising. FRLA supports this bill, and we look forward to the bill continuing to move through the process.

HB 829 & SB 1140

The House and Senate both have bills that allow companies to get attorneys fees and costs when they have to sue local governments that have ignored statewide preemptions. Both of these bills moved forward in their respective chambers this week with HB 829 passing the Civil Justice Subcommittee and SB 1140 passing the Judiciary Committee.
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