On Thursday, January 11th, 2018 CDLS elected official partners Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum and Florida House Rep. Shevrin Jones, along with representatives from the Florida Alliance for Consumer Protection, the AFL-CIO of FL, and many other groups, spoke out about how preemption laws have lead to lower wages, reduced worker benefits like sick leave, and reduced local hiring.
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Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum “at a news conference argued the House bills are an abuse of legislative power. … an attempt to use state law to invalidate local environmental, economic and community values to score political points.”
“Rich Templin of the Florida AFL-CIO said that bypassing local ordinances opens Tallahassee to corporate interests and no longer works for the people. He said the will of the people rests with local government. “The Florida Legislature has become a one-stop shop for corporate special interests,” Templin says.”
Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum spoke out against what he called a “war on cities,” Thursday. Under his Campaign [to] Defend Local Solutions, Gillum and several others spoke out against proposed bills that would preempt local government. Preemption is when a state law blocks local government from passing their own ordinances on the matter.
The Campaign to Defend Local Solutions held a press conference Thursday morning, expressing their contempt for HB 9 along with other legislative initiatives that would shift power away from local governments to the state, a process known as preemption. Preemption, the campaign argues, also is to blame for wage theft, minimum wage problems and predatory lending.