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DeSantis Nixes Bill Letting Companies Sue Cities for Lost Profit

June 24, 2022, 7:12 PM

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis vetoed a measure that would have let businesses sue local governments whenever a new ordinance causes a 15% decline in their profits.

The measure, SB 620, would have let businesses challenge a wide range of local ordinances including workplace laws, but exempting areas including zoning, building, and fire safety codes.

While many states preempt local governments from passing specific types of laws like minimum wages, the proposed Florida measure was thought to be the first of its kind, according to its opponents and the bill sponsor Sen. Travis Hutson (R).

DeSantis, in his Friday veto ...