State lawmakers want children to fill labor shortages, even in bars and on school nights


Lawmakers in several states are pushing legislation that would let miners work in more hazardous occupations and longer hours. Efforts to roll back labor rules are largely led by Republican lawmakers to address worker shortages and in some cases they run afoul of federal regulations. The Ohio legislature is on track to pass a bill to allow 14 and 15 year olds to work until 9 p.m. on school nights with their parents permission. I will Republican governor Kim Reynolds signed a law last year to allow 16 and 17 year olds to work unsupervised in child care centers earlier this month a state legislature approved a bill to allow teens 16 and 17 to serve alcohol and restaurants, Republicans dropped provisions from a version of the bill that would have allowed children 14 and 15 to work in dangerous fields like mining, logging and meat packing. The child labor coalition says the consequences are potentially dangerous. I'm Donna water

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