NFIB State Director Annie Spilman will go before the House State Affairs Committee at 8 a.m. on Thursday, May 6, to testify in support of Senate Bill 14, legislation that would help small businesses by stopping local governments from imposing their own employment rules and regulations.
“Small business owners don’t have the time or the resources to navigate a confusing and contradictory patchwork of local ordinances that go beyond the state already mandates,” Spilman said. “That’s especially true now as employers try to recover from the economic slump caused by the pandemic.
“Small businesses need the legislation to create a consistent and uniform regulatory climate so they can stabilize, rebuild and grow,” Spilman said. “I was talking recently with one of our members, Skeeter Miller, who employees over 500 people at eight barbecue restaurants in Austin and elsewhere, and he says the contradictory labor and employment regulations create confusion and staggering costs. What’s happening to him is happening to small business owners all over the state.
“When local governments overplay their regulatory hand, they cause imminent and irreparable harm to local businesses,” Spilman said. “SB 14, authored by Sen. Brandon Creighton of Conroe and sponsored in the House by Rep. Phil King of Weatherford, would create clarity and consistency and help small businesses throughout the state get back on their feet.”