FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, October 17, 2017
Top executives, and business and community leaders representing the Florida Competes coalition signed and today delivered a letter to Senate President Joe Negron and House Speaker Richard Corcoran asking for legislation relating to the Florida Competitive Workforce Act be heard in both chambers.
The letter, on behalf of the Florida Competes coalition and comprised of 10 Fortune 500 companies, 30 major employers and more than 450 local businesses, provides information on why the recently filed SB 66 by Sen. Jeff Clemens (D-Lake Worth) and HB 347 by Reps. Ben Diamond (D-St. Petersburg) and Rene Plasencia (R-Titusville), also known as the Florida Competitive Work Force Act, must be heard in committee.
During the 2017 legislative session, a record number of bipartisan co-sponsors—70, with 19 Republicans, or 44 percent of all legislators, joined the bill in support of modernizing the Florida Civil Rights Act of 1992 to include anti-discrimination protection based on sexual orientation and gender identity, however, the measure was not placed on either the House or Senate calendar for discussion despite this overwhelming support.
Florida Competes is hopeful the Florida Competitive Workforce Act will receive the consideration it deserves during the 2018 legislative session.
About Florida Competes
Florida Competes, formerly known as the Florida Businesses for a Competitive Workforce coalition, is a 501c(4) whose mission is to support passing the Competitive Workforce Act, which would modernize state law to include anti-discrimination protection based on sexual orientation and gender identity. The coalition believes that the Competitive Workforce Act will make Florida more competitive in the national and global marketplace in much the same way companies have benefited from adopting anti-discrimination policies. For additional information, please go to www.FLCompetes.org or visit the coalition on Twitter or Facebook.