Former Republican state Rep. Allen Trovillion sued Monday to keep a paid sick-time ballot measure from voters in the August 2014 primary.
The initiative was slated to be considered by voters on Nov. 2 after 50,000-plus people signed petitions seeking a referendum. But Orange County commissioners decided to keep it off the ballot.
A three-judge panel ruled in February that the commission violated the county charter and ordered it back on the 2014 primary ballot. But this summer, Republican state lawmakers passed a law barring local governments from enacting such policies.
“It would be completely unenforceable,” said Wade Vose, the lawyer handling Trovillion’s challenge.
Trovillion, a former Winter Park mayor, was not immediately available for comment. But in a statement he said: “With the passage of the new state law, I see no reason why anyone on any side of the political spectrum would support wasting taxpayer money and voter time on printing and distributing a misleading, and statutorily prohibited ballot question, other than for cynical political gain.”