Fla. Legislature Considers New Bills to Fight Federal COVID Overreach

'We don't believe that the federal government should be in a position to force vaccines...'

(Headline USA) Florida lawmakers on Monday began debating a package of bills to combat coronavirus vaccine mandates, continuing Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis‘s fight against authoritarian virus rules.

The weeklong special legislative session in the GOP-controlled statehouse includes proposals to let workers opt out of COVID-19 vaccine mandates and allow parents to sue schools with masking requirements.

DeSantis has become one of the highest profile Republican governors in the country through his vocal opposition to lockdowns, mask rules and vaccine mandates.

Despite attempts by the Biden administration to ship COVID-infected illegal immigrants into his state in the dead of night, Florida often has been among the most successful in keeping its virus mortality rates low throughout the nearly two-year pandemic.

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That has helped elevate his stature within the Republican party as he runs for reelection and eyes a potential 2024 bid. He called the special session amid continued public sparring with the administration of Democratic President Joe Biden over federal vaccine mandates.

The Republican measures would bar private businesses from having coronavirus vaccine mandates unless they allow exemptions for medical reasons, religious beliefs, proof of immunity based on a prior COVID-19 infection, regular testing and an agreement to wear protective gear.

Employers would be subject to fines up to $50,000 for firing a worker without offering the exemptions. Another provision bars COVID-19 vaccine mandates for public school and government workers in Florida.

Democrats—currently in panic mode over the prospects of a red wave in coming election cycles—have denounced the special session as political theater meant to raise DeSantis’s standing within the GOP.

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Recently, a national Democrat donor group announced it was pulling millions in funding from the effort to run a challenger against the popular incumbent governor in his re-election bid next year.

“I am sick and tired of having to be a pawn in Gov. Ron DeSantis’ political ambitions,” complained Rep. Anna Eskamani, an Orlando Democrat.

Florida Republicans argue the bills are necessary to prevent overreach by the White House.

“We don’t believe that the federal government should be in a position to force vaccines,” said House Speaker Chris Sprowls, a Republican.

The DeSantis administration has previously sued the White House over a rule requiring vaccinations for federal contractors and recently joined more than two dozen other Republican-led states in lawsuits challenging another federal vaccine mandate for private businesses with 100 employees or more.

Adapted from reporting by the Associated Press

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