DeSantis signs bills aimed at blocking federal vaccine mandates

DeSantis signs bills aimed at blocking federal vaccine mandates


TAMPA, Florida – Governor Ron DeSantis on Thursday signed off on a series of bills passed by the House and Senate late Wednesday night. The bills aim to hamper corporate coronavirus vaccine mandates.

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DeSantis signed the Brandon Honda banknote on Thursday morning. He spoke alongside Attorney General Ashley Moody, Surgeon General Dr. Joseph Ladabo, House Speaker Chris Sprouls, Senate President Wilton Simpson and many others.
After DeSantis signed the bills, Representative Andrew Learned (D-Brandon) released the following statement.

“If the governor really cared about Brandon’s families, he wouldn’t put a COVID tax on our small business and healthcare heroes. I’d like to remind the governor that it was the divisive childish policies that lost him, and former President Trump, Brandon last November for the first time in more than 25 years.”

The first bill, HB 1B and Senate Bill 2B, gives Florida students, parents, workers and employees options to opt out when it comes to getting the COVID-19 vaccine.

HB 1B by Action News ABC on Scribd

The bill states that people can be exempted from getting the vaccine based on medical reasons approved by a physician, physician assistant, or registered nurse in advanced practice, religious reasons, or immunity-based reasons based on a laboratory-documented COVID-19 infection, or agreement To carry out periodic testing, or protection of personal protective equipment provided by your employer.

The House bill was sponsored by Representatives Irene Grall (R-Vero Beach) and Ralph Massullo (R-Lecanto).

Actor Grall said, “House Bill 1B will ensure that Florida residents are not subject to an excessive federal mandate that requires them to choose between a vaccine and providing for their families. It will enable parents to make the best health care choices for their children.”

“This bill appropriately balances the rights of individuals to make their own health care decisions with the power of employers to regulate workplaces,” said Senate bill sponsor Senator Danny Burgess (R-Zepherhills). “No one should lose their job because of a vaccine mandate. No The nurse who took care of COVID patients when we were all safe at home should be left because of a mandate the White House said wouldn’t come in. This legislation introduces some common sense into the confusion and contradictions we’ve seen emerging from Washington by giving workers more options to stay safe on the job and respect rights and responsibilities parents”.

State Senator Janet Cruz, a Democrat who represents District 18, said: “They’re likely to overturn our amendments. The special session was very unnecessary and when you spoke a few days ago with the head of a major health plan, he said you know we kind of left here to see what we’re doing.” We have the federal mandates that we have to follow, now we have the state mandates that the governor is trying to impose on us and we’re trying to figure out what to do, how to do it?”

House 3B or Senate Bill 4B says that any medical and religious information stored in a file created during an investigation where an employer refuses to comply with the above bill, granting individual COVID-19 vaccine exemptions, will not be a public record.


CS/HB 3B by Action News ABC

Representative Masulo, the sponsor of the House bill, said, “House Bill 3B protects Florida residents from public disclosure of personal medical or religious information alleging that their employers have violated Florida COVID-19 policies and practices. Preventing disclosure of such information will help protect them from harassment or Discrimination if they lose their jobs due to the COVID-19 vaccine mandate.”

Senator Burgess, one of the sponsors of the Senate bill, said, “This law honors Florida’s proud long tradition of open records and open government, while ensuring that sensitive employee information remains confidential. Florida respects the dignity of work, and employees wrongly fired must enjoy The ability to file a complaint without worrying about their personal health and religious information being disseminated.”

House Act 5B or Senate Bill 6B allows the governor to consider options that would allow Florida to take responsibility for occupational safety and health issues for its workers, which Republicans say is the first step in developing a motion to withdraw from OSHA, or the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

HB 5B by Action News ABC on Scribd

“Forcibly shooting Florida residents is not Florida’s way,” said House bill sponsor Adrian Zika (R-Land OLX), “This bill takes the first step toward developing a motion to withdraw from the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration and assert state jurisdiction over the concerns of the state.” Occupational health and safety for Florida employers. It puts Florida in the right position to explore options available to ensure the safety of our workers.”

“We respect the appropriate role that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration plays in workplace safety oversight,” said Senate bill sponsor Senator Travis Hutson (R St. Augustine). Unfortunately, over the past few months, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has been armed by the Biden is not to protect workers, but to establish an unprecedented and unconstitutional nationwide vaccine mandate.This legislation makes clear that Florida will not accept such flagrant and illegal overreach by the federal government, and instead take the first step toward asserting the state’s occupational health and safety issues “.

Finally, House Bill 7B or Senate Bill 8B says the state’s surgeon general no longer has the authority to enforce vaccinations.

HB 7B by Action News ABC on Scribd

“Florida residents are concerned about the expansion of executive power that we have seen from the Biden administration and many local officials,” said Alex Andrade, the representative sponsor of the House bill. “It is a great honor to work with Speaker Sprowls and Governor DeSantis to reassure the citizens of Florida that we will always stand up for The individual rights of the people we serve.”

Senate President Pro Tempore Aaron Bean (R-Fernandina Beach), sponsor of the Senate bill, said, “Under the leadership of Governor DeSantis and the legislature, Florida has been a beacon of hope, and it is our intent to keep it that way. This bill makes our laws clearer than that of Florida It stands as a refuge for families and businesses who want to live freely. No general surgeon has ever used this authority, but this law takes the extra step of making it clear that no matter what the future holds, vaccines will not be mandated in Florida.”

“We have a governor who has proposed $5 million in taxpayer money to create a police force that goes out and makes sure that the rules and regulations of his political theater are enforced,” Cruz said. “What does that really mean? You have a guy who has owned a barbershop in a neighborhood for 25 years and may have been compromised by Health-wise, he has a mask and he’s probably asking someone else to wear a mask because he’s working near someone, what’s going on? Do they come in and slap them with a $5,000 or $10,000 fine? I mean come on. It doesn’t make sense.”

It comes as the Justice Department vows to defend the Biden administration’s mandate for a vaccine. This rule applies to all companies with 100 or more employees. A federal appeals court temporarily blocked it at the end of last week, concerned about whether it was constitutional. The White House says it is “very confident” that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Act on private companies to release the vaccine will withstand all legal challenges.



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