Orange County leaders Tuesday tried to snuff out a citizen-petition drive aimed at putting a sick leave measure on the Nov. 6 ballot.
A 4-3 majority voted to delay it, which would basically push it well past ballot printing deadlines, and keep voters from weighing on it this fall. That majority included commissioners Scott Boyd, Fred Brummer, John Martinez andJennifer Thompson. Here’s more background on that.
That 4-3 majority said the month-long holdup would allow them time to find a less confusing ballot title and summary, an argument that business groups had also been making about the measure in court.
Stopping the measure was just what sick time opponents such as Walt Disney World and Darden Restaurants and various other business groups wanted.
“The peoples’ voice was heard clearly,” said Central Florida Partnership President Jacob Stuart after the board’s vote.
But not everyone was happy about how it went down.
And some of the reactions to it have been strong, and not very kind.
The sick-time opponents at the Orlando Sentinel editorial board called the commissioners out for using its “bag of dirty tricks” to kill the proposal with an “underhanded maneuver.”