Florida lawmakers move toward removing the state from Occupational Safety and Health Administration oversight

Florida lawmakers move toward removing the state from Occupational Safety and Health Administration oversight


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After rejecting a series of Democratic amendments, the Florida House of Representatives on Tuesday prepared to pass a bill that could be a first step toward regulating the state’s safety of workers and moving away from federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration oversight.

The Republican-controlled House of Representatives is expected to pass the measure (HB 5B) on Wednesday, the third day of a special legislative session called by Governor Ron DeSantis to target vaccination and hide mandates during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The bill would direct DeSantis to develop a plan for the state to control worker safety and health issues. The governor will be required to report to the legislature by January 17. Ultimately, the federal government will have to sign off on the state plan.

Ardian Zika sponsor, R-Land O’ Lakes, said the state is facing “federal overreach” during the pandemic and that it is in Florida’s best interest to consider moving to the state’s worker safety plan. Proposed Democratic amendments addressed issues such as requiring no state plan to conflict with Temporary Emergency Standards or other Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) worker safety standards.

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“It makes sense. If we’re going to do it, do it right,” said Rep. Joe Geller, D-Aventura.

The amendments were rejected in a vote. The bill came after the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued a rule this month requiring tens of millions of workers across the country to be vaccinated against COVID-19 or tested regularly and wear masks. Florida challenges the rule in federal court.

An analysis by the House of Representatives reported that 21 states and Puerto Rico operate plans that cover private and government employees. According to the analysis, five other states and the US Virgin Islands operate plans that cover government employees. But Zika said it could take two to three years for the federal government to approve the Florida plan. The Senate is considering a similar bill (SB 6-B).


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