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Florida AFL-CIO  Working Families Lobby Corps

posted May 6, 2013, 7:13 AM by Susan Marks
2013 LEGISLATIVE BRIEF
135 S. Monroe St., Tallahassee, FL 32301  850-224-6926  FAX 850-224-2266
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Please Note: The following is merely a brief look at the final dispensation of some of the major 
bills we were following during the 2013 Legislative Session. A more detailed report will made 
available following the publication of the House and Senate Session Summaries.
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Closing the Defined Benefit Pension System in FRS HB 7011/SB 1392.........................FAILED
OPPOSED (Forces all new hires into 401-k and risks the retirement security of public workers.)

The “Parent Trigger” SB 862 / HB 867…………………………...................………………....…..FAILED IN SENATE
OPPOSED (Allows private, for-profit companies to take over public schools through petition)

Preempting Local Wage Theft Ordinances SB 1216 / HB 1125 …………….....FAILED IN SENATE
OPPOSED (Bans local governments from enacting any ordinance relating to wage theft.)

Political Subdivisions (Total Preemption) HB 655………….......……………………….......……….……….PASSED
OPPOSED (Original legislation would preempt local governments from enacting living wage ordinances, earned sick time 
ordinances, required domestic partner benefits or any additional wage or benefit provisions not granted by the 
Legislature. The bill was greatly improved after being amended. As amended, the legislation preempts local 
governments from passing ordinances relating to employee benefits including health, disability, vacation, and paid sick 
leave benefits. Living Wage ordinances, PLAs and other critical ordinances are protected. Contractors and 
Subcontractors of local governments can still be subject to ordinances. Bill creates a task force to study the effects of 
said preemption.)

Preemption of Paid Sick Leave - SB 726……………………………………......………………..………....................…FAILED
OPPOSED (Bans local governments from enacting any ordinance relating to paid sick leave.)

Police/Fire Pensions SB 458/HB 1399………………………………………………………………..…… FAILED IN HOUSE
WATCHED (Changes insurance premium tax revenues on police and firefighter pension plans.) 

Medicaid Expansion SB 1816/HB 7169/SB 1844………..………...................………….…FAILED IN HOUSE
SUPPORT (Expands Medicaid health insurance to low income workers in the state.)

Elections Reform HB 7013…………………………………………………………………………….…...................................PASSED
WATCHED/SUPPORT (Reforms election laws to include more early voting days and reduce voter registration restrictions. 
Did not include all our Coalition priorities.)

Change in Valuation for Public Pensions SB 534 / HB 599….................…………………...……...PASSED
OPPOSED (Changes evaluation of public pension plans devaluing their worth and success.)

Campaign Finance Reform HB 569......................…………………………………………………………………..……PASSED
WATCHED (Revokes CCE’s which increases frequency of reporting requirements, increases contribution limits and other 
items. Detailed information will be provided by Florida AFL-CIO soon)
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