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June 09, 2003
Florida Moves to Bar Living Wage Ordinances
Florida has passed a measure that prohibits local governments from requiring that private-sector firms pay employees wages higher than the federal minimum wage, according to the Associated Press.

Gov. Jeb Bush signed the bill last week. The Florida Legislature had approved the measure last month.

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City or county governments will still be able to require wages above the federal level for their employees and those of contractors of the local governments, according to the AP.

The news agency notes no local Florida governments require a higher minimum wage for the private sector. The measure is an attempt to prevent living wage ordinances like that of Santa Fe, N.M. Supporters say Florida's measure will allow employers with employees in more than one city to pay the workers similar wages for doing similar work.

Opponents tell the AP the measure means that local governments will have less flexibility to adapt to local economic conditions.

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