The state congress gave the green light to four laws to shield itself against the federal government's measures of Joe Biden.
The Florida Congress, controlled by the Republican Party, approved four bills on Wednesday to shield this state against federal measures that require workers to be vaccinated against COVID-19.
Gov. Ron DeSantis, a Republican and politically sponsored by former President Donald Trump, called the Florida Congress to a special legislative session to shore up the armor, which began on Monday and concluded with the approval of the bills on Wednesday.
DeSantis, who will seek reelection in 2022, is up against Democratic President Joe Biden, especially when handling the pandemic and vaccines.
One of the approved projects gives DeSantis until January 17 to outline a plan to present to federal authorities that allow the creation of an entity in Florida that will assume the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) functions. However, the media indicated that the process before federal authorities for a Florida OSHA could take years.
Another bill eliminates a law that gives Florida's surgeon general the authority to establish a vaccination mandate in a state of emergency.
The most intense debate was that of the bill that imposes more exceptions to the federal rule that forces private companies with more than 100 employees to require that they be vaccinated.
In addition to this offensive in Congress, the Florida government filed a lawsuit against the Biden Administration on October 28 for forcing all federal government employees and contractors to be vaccinated against COVID-19 before December 8. The bills approved today grant the governor an allocation of five million dollars to pay the costs of the lawsuit.
Florida Senate President Wilton Simpson said Florida is sending a clear message that it "is free" with these proposals that the governor must sign by November 24.
Florida is one of the states with the highest concentration of COVID-19 (3.67 million) and more than 60,000 deaths.
Your (employees') right to earn a living should not depend on COVID-19 injections, "De Santis said in a statement announcing this special legislative session at the end of last October.
The governor believes that "the choice of whether or not to take the vaccine is a choice" that should be based on "individual circumstances" and not on a federal mandate, which requires companies with more than 100 employees to comply with their mandatory vaccinations. Is required. Weekly COVID-19 test. "We are going to strike for freedom," he emphasized.