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Bill weakening Florida's child labor laws advances in state legislature

December 13, 2023


A bill weakening Florida’s child labor laws is advancing in the state legislature, clearing its first committee Wednesday. The policy eliminates curfew restrictions for some teens and allows them to work longer hours.


The House Regulatory Reform & Economic Development Subcommittee's GOP majority approved the bill along party lines. That sends it a step closer to the House floor ahead of next year's session in January. Frustrating for opponents but a win for its backers, like 16-year-old Logan Schulenberger, who works as a martial arts instructor.


"I’m trying to get in the workforce," the Tallahassee teen. said. "The more experience you have, the more likely you are to get hired in the future— right?"


He was among several supporters who spoke in favor of HB 49. Logan told Scripps News he wanted the freedom to work longer with less restriction.


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