Employment benefits bill headed to Scott

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Gov. Rick Scott will soon be weighing a bill that would keep local governments from setting their own policies on forms of compensation like earned sick leave.

The legislation (HB 655), which passed the House late Thursday, would extend the state’s existing ban on cities and counties passing their own minimum wage rules. It would also create a task force to study the issues of employment benefits and issue a report in January 2014.

The bill, an attempt to undermine a proposed Orange County sick leave ordinance, passed the House on a 76-41 vote.

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