The New York Times reports:
Almost entirely along party lines, Republicans passed four bills on Wednesday to curtail mask and vaccine mandates, the culmination of a three-day special legislative session that Mr. DeSantis called so swiftly it caught even Republican leaders by surprise.
The session was urgently needed to combat federal government overreach, Mr. DeSantis argued. The move against vaccination requirements has empowered groups whose fringe views on the vaccines were met with little pushback from Republican legislators, a striking departure from past Florida politics.
In September, Mr. DeSantis picked as Florida’s new surgeon general Dr. Joseph A. Ladapo, an outspoken mask and vaccine skeptic who has not disclosed whether he has been vaccinated. The Florida Department of Health, under his guidance, would have significant authority over how the state enforces anti-mandate legislation.
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This is really a stunning indictment of Ron DeSantis:
“About 60,800 people have died of Covid-19 in Florida…Florida experienced its worst daily death tolls during this year’s summer surge, when vaccines were already widely available.”https://t.co/NFeVKZLOU6
— Greg Sargent (@ThePlumLineGS) November 18, 2021
Florida Republicans passed four bills protecting workers who refuse to get vaccinated against COVID-19 and have sent the package to Gov. Ron DeSantis to sign.
Once signed, Florida will become the first state to fine companies over vaccine mandates.https://t.co/g5vg4HnwRS
— Axios (@axios) November 18, 2021
Florida Republicans take a step closer to a high-profile clash with the President Biden over Covid-19 rules by passing legislation that would slap fines on employers with vaccination mandates unless they offer numerous exemptions. https://t.co/1c5TTdB3yv
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) November 18, 2021
Florida Republicans passed four bills on Wednesday to curtail mask and vaccine mandates, the culmination of a three-day special legislative session. Fringe anti-vaccination views met with little pushback. https://t.co/OWTqwBmHAA
— NYT National News (@NYTNational) November 18, 2021