The Melo Minute

The Melo Minute

January, 28st 2022
Regular Session – Week 3
Issue No. 48
Bill of the Week!
HB 411 – Safe Harbor

Team Melo is happy to announce the return of our “Bill of the Week” segment! This week we want to highlight and provide an exciting update to House Bill 411. This bill ensures that materials, such as PPE, training, and potentially even private loans, provided by a business owner to subcontractors during a declared emergency would not alter their employment status. The bill creates a “safe harbor” for business owners from legal claims arising from their good faith actions. For example, if a business provided independent contractors with hand sanitizer or masks, it may be at risk of having those contractors become direct employees under Florida law. This gives those independent contractors the opportunity to sue Florida businesses based upon the masks and hand sanitizer. HB 411 will prevent such a suit and would allow those business owners to continue doing good deeds for those who contract with them. On Wednesday, HB 411 made its final stop in the Judiciary Committee, passing unanimously 20-0, and will soon find its way to the House Floor! I am looking forward to making sure that “good deeds do go unpunished” here in the State of Florida!

Legislative Highlights

Lifting Off

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Be More Do More!

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What We’re Reading

Legislation to Discount Property Tax Bills for Essential Workers Advances

Anne Geggis
Florida Politics

Florida House Redistricting Committee Sends New Statehouse Map to the Floor

Jacob Ogles
Florida Politics

This Week’s Words Of Wisdom

The Song Of The Week

This week’s Song of the Week is
“Taking Care of Business” by Bachman-Turner Overdrive.

I passed 3 bills through committee this week! One of those bills, HB 411 – Safe Harbor, made its final stop in the Judiciary Committee and is on its way to the House Floor. We are definitely “taking care of business!”

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