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Taking Care of Businesses: Lower Profits Could Mean Changing Local Laws

Miami Herald
Miami Beach voters say they want bars and nightclubs to close earlier. Under a proposed state law, businesses could sue the city if the move took away 15% of their profits.

This story is part of WLRN's podcast Tallahassee Takeover. You can subscribe on your podcast feed or find episodes here.

For years, Florida government has been chipping away at what local governments can do — whether they can make rules about natural gas, gun sales, regulate their own ports, or control their own police budgets. But all of this has been piecemeal, one topic at a time, some getting passed through the Legislature and some through executive orders.

This year, lawmakers in Florida are flirting with the potential endgame: two bills that would let almost any private business block local laws from ever going into effect. Lawmakers say it will prevent those one-off state laws from having to be passed in the first place. And critics say this is an assault on local governments like we've never seen before.

Daniel Rivero is part of WLRN's new investigative reporting team. Before joining WLRN, he was an investigative reporter and producer on the television series "The Naked Truth," and a digital reporter for Fusion. He can be reached at drivero@wlrnnews.org
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