Ashley Lopez: State Sen. David Simmons, R-Altamonte Springs, said his bill prohibiting local governments from requiring companies to provide benefits is "the right thing" to do -- though advocates for the poor and most of the public believe his bill is harmful.
Ashley Lopez: The GOP-led Florida House of Representatives passed a bill that would prohibit local governments from implementing laws that extend paid sick leave benefits to workers.
Ashley Lopez: A bill that would strip the power of local governments to pass sick pay ordinances cleared a Florida Senate committee this week.
Ashley Lopez: Members are the Florida Legislature are trying to prohibit local governments from passing living wage regulations and sick leave ordinances.
Ashley Lopez: State lawmakers want to stop local sick pay measures, such as the ones that gained support in Orlando and Miami last year.
Howard Goodman: Gov. Rick Scott's task force, convening to review Florida's expansive self-defense law, looks all set to fire blanks.