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In short:

  • The bill, supported by major business interests, aims to ban local governments from enacting heat-protection laws.
  • Emotional testimonies highlighted the personal impact of inadequate workplace heat safety, including fatalities.
  • The legislation also seeks to eliminate local living wage ordinances, affecting workers' pay standards.

Key quote:

"To me this bill is not about numbers, it’s about millions of Floridians and it is very personal."

— Laura Munoz, Florida Student Power

Why this matters:

This legislation touches on the intersection of workplace safety, public health, and local governance, raising concerns about the balance between business interests and the well-being of workers. Knowing how many people die or get sick from heat-related causes is essential for the policy arguments to equitably adapt to and mitigate climate change.

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