ORLANDO, Fla. - A scandal that played out at an Orange County commission meeting is coming with a hefty price tag. On
Monday a group who tried to get paid sick time for Orange County workers will now be paid $90,000, all because of erased text messages.
While the $90,000 will be paid, the sick time issue is still dead, according to Channel 9's Christopher Heath.
Last year the state legislature passed a law that prohibits cities from forcing businesses to offer paid sick time.
The move by the state came just months after Orange County commissioners, amid a flurry of secret text messages to and from lobbyists, killed the paid sick time measure.
While the petition had the required signatures to turn the issue over to the voters, it was strongly opposed by Orange County's service and theme park industry.
The county will pay the
"We think it's clear from the text messages that were made public that the delay was so that the legislature could deliver the kill shot, which they did," said Laura Johns, of Citizens for a Greater Orange County.