Florida special legislative session will consider bills to curb vaccine mandates

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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) will convene a special session of the state legislature this week to consider legislation to counter the COVID-19 vaccine mandate, outline of his office,

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Running news: The special session will consider four pieces of legislation that would require employers to allow exceptions to the mandate for certain workers, increasing penalties for employers who fire workers for non-vaccination, among other provisions.

  • According to the press release, the special session will see Floridians “stand to defend” against schools that require masks and vaccine mandates.

big picture: The special session is dubbed “Keep Florida Free” and will run for a week. Washington Post,

  • “No cops, no firefighters, no nurses, no one should lose their jobs because of these jobs – we must stand up for people and protect their jobs and livelihoods,” DeSantis said in the press release. “
  • DeSantis announced that he would convene a special session on the matter in October.
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this is only the latest Florida governor moves to fight vaccine mandate.

  • In late October, he announced a lawsuit against the Biden administration’s vaccine mandate for federal contractors.
  • In August, Florida Department of Education amount withheld From two districts that defied DeSantis’ order banning mask mandates in schools.

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