Today, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis was joined by Florida Speaker Chris Sprowls and Senate President Wilton Simpson to sign legislation that will protect Floridians from losing their jobs due to COVID-19 vaccine mandates and protect parents’ rights to make healthcare decisions for students.

Gov. DeSantis Signs Legislation At ‘Brandon Honda’ To Protect Florida Jobs

Today, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis was joined by Florida Speaker Chris Sprowls and Senate President Wilton Simpson at Brandon Honda, located just outside of Tampa, to sign legislation that will protect Floridians from losing their jobs due to COVID-19 vaccine mandates and protect parents’ rights to make healthcare decisions for students.

The bills were passed through a Special Session of the Florida Legislature and are effective upon the Governor’s signature.

The legislation signed today is the strongest pro-freedom, anti-mandate action taken by any state in the nation, according to the Governor’s office.

“I told Floridians that we would protect their jobs and today we made that the law,” said Governor Ron DeSantis. “Nobody should lose their job due to heavy-handed COVID mandates and we had a responsibility to protect the livelihoods of the people of Florida. I’m thankful to the Florida Legislature for joining me in standing up for freedom.”

In Florida, effective immediately: 
✓ Private Employer COVID-19 vaccine mandates are prohibited.
‣ Employees can choose from numerous exemptions, including but not limited to, health or religious concerns; pregnancy or anticipated future pregnancy; and past recovery from COVID-19. ‣ Employees can choose to opt for periodic testing or PPE as an exemption. ‣ Employers must cover the costs of testing and PPE exemptions for employees. 
✓ Employers who violate these employee health protections will be fined.‣ Small businesses (99 employees or less) will face $10,000 per employee violation.‣ Medium and big businesses will face $50,000 per employee violation.
 Government entities may not require COVID-19 vaccinations of anyone, including employees.
✓ Educational institutions may not require students to be COVID-19 vaccinated.
 School districts may not have school face mask policies.
 School districts may not quarantine healthy students.
 Students and parents may sue violating school districts and recover costs and attorney’s fees.

Also at the event today, Attorney General Ashley Moody announced that Florida is challenging the CMS rule in court. 

“Governor DeSantis has shown exemplary leadership throughout the pandemic, and I am proud to stand with him as we challenge unlawful vaccine mandates forced on Floridians by the president and his power-hungry bureaucrats,” said Attorney General Ashley Moody. “I will always fight for freedom, Florida’s sovereignty and the autonomy of American workers.”

“The mission of this special session was to ensure that the law reflects the values of liberty in our state,” said Surgeon General Dr. Joseph Ladapo. “Floridians are now protected in their jobs, at school and as parents to choose how to protect themselves from COVID-19. Thank you Governor DeSantis for your leadership in making practical and informed decisions based on science.”

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