Florida GOP Bill Would Lift Child Labor Restrictions

Yahoo News reports:

Florida House Republican Representative Linda Chaney (R-St. Pete Beach) filed Monday House Bill 49 (HB 49) which aims to lift existing restrictions on the working hours and time of day that 16 and 17-year-olds can work within the state.

Rep. Chaney introduced HB 49 on Monday, marking the start of what promises to be a contentious debate during the 2024 legislative session.

The bill specifically targets regulations that currently prevent minors aged 16 or 17 from working before 6:30 a.m. or after 11 p.m., and limit their weekly work hours to 30 when school is in session. Age restrictions for minors have been lowered to 15 years old, replacing previous regulations that only applied to 16 and 17-year-olds.

Read the full article. The bill would also bar local municipalities for enacting child labor laws stricter than those in Chaney’s bill.