Daily Legislative Brief from February 26, 2024


SB 1492 – Employment Regulations

On Monday, February 26, SB 1492 by Senator Jay Trumbull (R-Panama City) was heard by the Senate Rules Committee and was reported favorably with 14 yeas and 5 nays. AIF stood in support of this legislation.

SB 1492 was filed as a bill that would preempt local governments from adding additional ordinances relating to workplace heat exposure requirements. Employers are already required under OSHA to provide a place of employment that is free from recognized hazards including heat. There are clear standards employers must meet and this bill will prevent another level of regulation in this area and an unlevel regulatory playing field.

SB 1492 will now go to the Senate Floor for consideration.

AIF supports regulatory consistency in workplace safety regulations that prevents a patchwork of local regulations that could include unattainable standards which do little to protect employees while opening an onslaught of fines penalties, and other punitive measures.