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Happytown: Mother of all sick-time protests

Advocates send Mother’s Day video to Gov. Rick Scott urging him to veto House Bill 655

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“He said he would consider it and that he would review it and that he wasn’t familiar with the language,” Organize Now director Stephanie Porta says. “He was very polite. He would not let go of their hands.” (Gross!)

Even more promising than that lingering appendage is the fact that among the petitions the group has been gathering, there are a number of Florida Republicans who see HB 655 for the corporate power grab that it is. Or, they just see it as big government.

“As a former Lake Mary City Commissioner I resent the Legislature’s power grab,” somebody named Paul Tremel wrote on the signon.org petition site. (Tremel was elected to that board in 1984.) “My Republican Party believes in local control, not top-down government.”

As Porta points out, it’s interesting that so many people would be engaged at all, considering that their previous engagement on the issue has been effectively shut down by the powers that be, and by groups like Disney, which reported $1.5 billion (a 32 percent increase) in profits the last quarter. This is not your mother’s ballot initiative.

“Honestly, 10,000: For that many Floridians to be engaged in a very wonky veto campaign is pretty incredible,” she says. “It’s not even giving us paid sick days. It’s giving us the right to vote on paid sick days.”

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