DeSantis to convene legislature to combat coronavirus vaccine mandates

Tallahassee, Florida — On Thursday Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said he will call state lawmakers back to work early to pass legislation to fight vaccine mandates enacted by businesses.
According to The Republican governor, he will convene a special session of the GOP-controlled statehouse in November to address vaccine requirements.
“At the end of the day, you shouldn’t be discriminated against based on your health decisions,” he said during a news conference. “We want to provide protection for people, we want to make it clear that, in Florida, your right to earn a living is not contingent upon whatever choices you’re making in terms of these injections.”
GOP Texas Gov. Greg Abbott last week issued an executive order to prohibit any entity from requiring vaccines.
DeSantis has for weeks criticized White House plans to require vaccinations and vowed to fight such rules in court.
His administration has also fined local school boards who defied a state ban on mask mandates in classrooms and has moved to withhold funding from districts that receive federal grants meant to blunt the state’s fines.
The announcement appeared to catch at least one legislative leader off-guard. GOP Florida House Speaker Chris Sprowls told lawmakers that his office had no additional details about the session.
Democrats were quick to criticize the governor’s plan. “He’s behaving like the dictators that supposedly we all hate,” said state Sen. Annette Taddeo, who this week announced she is running for governor. “Why are we telling private businesses what they can and cannot do?”

Alfred Duncan

Alfred Duncan is a senior editor at The South Florida Daily, where he oversees our coverage of politics, misinformation, health and economics. Alfred is a former reporter and editor for BuzzFeed News, National Geographic and USA Today.

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