The proposal to lower the minimum wage for Florida restaurant workers has died, and will not become law--at least not this year.
The Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association says it will try again later.
It looks like Senator Nancy Detert, a main proponent (I think she was the sponsor, or was at least the lackey of the Association) of the bill is now claiming she didn't support it, and she says she didn't know exactly what was in the bill. Yeah, right....
Previously Detert said she and others were being brave and bold in their efforts to gut the pay of restaurant workers.
Story here: http://articles.orlandosentinel.com/2012-03-06/business/os-tipped-minimum-wage-20120306_1_minimum-wage-restaurant-workers-florida-senate
Another news source here: http://www.news-press.com/article/20120229/BUSINESS/302290016/Tipped-workers-spared-change
A powerful editorial previously written on this issue: http://www.workingamerica.org/blog/tag/florida/
If you want to be "brave and bold" yourself, you can write to the senator who championed this bill here: firstname.lastname@example.org