DeSantis Moves To Overturn Local Mask Mandates

The Tallahassee Democrat reports:

Joining a growing swell of states, Gov. Ron DeSantis appears focused on erasing mask requirements across Florida by now demanding that such emergency powers of local governments be rolled back by the Republican-led Legislature.

The drive is being met with outrage by city and county officials, along with Democratic lawmakers who say masks and other public health steps enacted by local leaders remain a big part of Florida’s continuing push to overcome the devastation caused by COVID-19.

The local measures are especially important, because DeSantis has never issued a statewide mask requirement, critics say. The move is politically shaded – DeSantis is drawing heightened attention in Republican circles as a potential White House contender in 2024.

Read the full article. Earlier this week DeSantis signed an executive order voiding COVID fines levied by local governments. Also this week he invited a Fox News crew to follow him throughout his day.