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Law would let some employers do away with sick days

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A bill is waiting on the Governor's desk to be signed. It's called the "Regulation of Family or Medical Leave Benefits for Employees."

Basically, it sets rules for cities and counties that do business with contracted workers. The bill could make it easier for some employers to do away with paid sick days.

On Tuesday, there was a motherly push at the state capital. Mom after mom behind stroller after stroller delivered 11,000 petitions calling for a veto that would alter the fate of sick day benefits.

"A mother like me should not have to make the choice of whether to care for my sick family members or losing a day's pay of work," said Denise Diaz.

House Bill 655 forbids cities and counties from requiring certain companies to offer sick leave. Members of Moms Rising left their petitions on the governor's desk, fighting to protect sick day benefits.

"It's a preventative measure. Why would these businesses want sick workers to go to their jobs and make everyone else sick?" said Kelly Quintero.

In Tampa, everyone we asked agreed sick leave is important. However, there's a debate on whether state government should get involved.

The Republican-backed bill lifts the requirement to offer sick leave.

"I think it should be left up to the companies," said Ronnie Crescentini.

"I think it should be up to the state. I think if it was left up to the companies then they'd be taken advantage of. They'd rather not have it than have it," said Emil White.

Crescentini believes the solution is about more than a paid day off.

"They just need to be not stuck in a box and just look at one or two things. They need to be broadening their horizons and looking at the kind of life style people have. They need to look at flex time more," Crescentini said.

Scott did not meet with the group delivering petitions. He is expected to sign the bill.

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