(Tallahassee / NSF / October 21, 2021) –Governor Ron DeSantis on Thursday called for a special legislative session next month to push back White House attempts to demand that workers be vaccinated against COVID-19.
The exact dates of the extraordinary session are not yet known; however, lawmakers are expected to be in Tallahassee for committee meetings in the weeks of November 1, 15, and 29.
Governor wants law passed that makes it illegal for governments to require vaccines for government employees, so that people fired for refusing an employer-required COVID-19 vaccine are eligible for re-employment assistance and to say that employees would be eligible for workers’ social coverage if they fall ill from employer-related vaccinations.
DeSantis says the state can’t wait until the 2022 legislative session, which begins in January, to “strengthen” the state’s laws.
“We want to clarify that in Florida, your right to earn a living does not depend on the choices you make in terms of these injections.”
Democrats, including State Representative Anna Eskamani, immediately blasted DeSantis’ announcement, calling it a political ploy.
“The fact that Governor DeSantis is going to devote public money and time to a politically motivated program to stimulate his own campaign aspirations is disappointing and sad.”
DeSantis’ proposal also seeks to allow laid-off workers to sue employers who fail to provide notice of religious and health exemptions and to provide more protections for parents who disagree with school districts regarding the restrictions. on coronaviruses.
(From the Florida Information Service)