The Texas Public Policy Foundation applauds the Texas Senate’s preliminary passage of Senate Bill 14, a bill to bring uniformity and consistency to the patchwork quilt of local employment regulations. This legislation will allow free-market actors to operate without unnecessary restraints and enable private persons to negotiate their employment benefits without local government interference.

“Liberal local governments are interfering with workers’ ability to negotiate their wages and benefits. In the minds of some local officials, government knows best. That’s not only wrong, but it’s inconsistent with the free-market and the Texas spirit,” said TPPF’s Shelby Sterling. “The Texas Senate’s preliminary passage of SB 14 today sends a strong signal that these California-style mandates won’t last and that it’s time to restore employment freedom.”