Florida Politics reports:
The Florida House has approved legislation asking the Governor to develop a state workplace safety plan, handing the issue off to the Senate. The measure (HB 5B), passed Wednesday, would give Gov. Ron DeSantis until Jan. 17 to develop a plan for Florida to seek federal approval for a state counterpart to the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
Leaders in Florida’s Republican-led Legislature initially framed the measure as a way to bypass vaccine mandates from a “weaponized” federal agency, although state occupational safety agencies must be at least as strict as OSHA.
Land O’Lakes Republican Rep. Ardian Zika, the bill’s sponsor, has tied the bill to “freedom,” telling members the proposal would benefit both employers and employees and allow them to grow economically.
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RT: House passes @OSHA_DOL replacement exploration.
— Phil Ammann 🙄⌨️🙄 (@PhilAmmann) November 17, 2021
Thank you, Jake Stofan & Capitol News Service, for having me for an interview to discuss Keep Florida Free 2021 🇺🇸 Legislative Special Session & my filed HB 5B (https://t.co/xlytKznCIZ – Florida Occupational Safety and Health State Plan) in the Florida House of Representatives! pic.twitter.com/AydM3tY94r
— Rep. Ardian Zika 🇺🇸 (@ArdianZika) November 16, 2021
The #KeepFloridaFree agenda offers protection for employees and employers from federal overreach by creating a framework for employees to make the best decision for their health and affirming the rights of parents to make health care decisions for their kids. pic.twitter.com/Yok4efoiLD
— Rep. Ardian Zika 🇺🇸 (@ArdianZika) November 8, 2021
The special session proposal HB 5B withdrawing Florida from federal OSHA workplace safety protections is NOT a serious bill. It takes years to implement and requires Biden administration approval. LOL (that’s not happening). 🤣
— Rep. Carlos G Smith (@CarlosGSmith) November 15, 2021