What Does Florida Have Against Teachers and Bartenders?
As I posted Monday [click here to view that post], a bill to extend relatively broad PTSD coverage to Florida’s first responders was passed unanimously by both state houses earlier in March. On Tuesday [March 27], Governor Rick Scott signed the bill into law. While I am generally in favor of the amendment to the state’s Workers’ Compensation Act, I’m left with the nagging question: “What does Florida have against teachers and bartenders?” The new PTSD coverage will not, of course, apply to those professions (or any others, for that matter) in spite of the fact that they may sometimes face the same sorts of shocking scenes as first responders. Moreover, unlike Florida’s first responders, teachers and bartenders generally receive no special training to help them deal with such horrific situations. Florida’s amendment confirms a thought that I’ve had for some time: “hot” issues often make for “bad” law.