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Bill to preempt local control of 'sick time' reaches governor

A bill that may serve as a litmus test on Gov. Rick Scott's view of government reached his desk today, giving the governor 15 days to decide whether to sign or reject HB 655, which preempts local control over issues such as "sick time" and wages and replaces it with regulation from Tallahassee.

The Florida Legislature passed the measure largely along party lines as Democrats opposed and the Republican-controlled leadership of the House and Senate embraced the view of the Florida Chamber of Commerce and other business-backed groups. They argued that leaving living wage regulation to local governments was bad for business.

Since then, a bi-partisan stream of opposition has reached the governor's desk, particularly from Miami where Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado joined with other local government officials and labor union reps to urge the governor to veto the measure. 

It's also a classic test of political consistency. When it comes to Washington v. Tallahassee, many of the advocates of the bill say they prefer government closest to the people. But when it's Tallahassee v. local government, the argument changes -- usually depending on the business lobby.