Republican lawmakers in Tallahassee have voted 76-40 in favor of a House measure that bans vaccine passports, a measure the Democratic lawmakers opposed, accused Republicans of trying to push through an overt power grab bill that would take limit powers from municipalities.
SB 2006, the Florida Senate version, has already passed in that chamber.
Passport vaccines have been largely panned even after the Biden administration floated the use of them, especially for the Cruise line industry, which is barely staying afloat because of the ‘No-Sail’ federal order in place.
Gov. Ron DeSantis signed an executive order prohibiting Florida businesses from “requiring” customers to furnish any document that would certify they have been vaccinated for the COVID-19 virus.
“Businesses in Florida are prohibited from requiring patrons or customers to provide any documentation certifying COVID-19 vaccination or post-transmission recovery to gain access to, entry upon, or service from the business.”
Democrats like State Rep. Carlos Guillermo Smith says that DeSantis’ “hostility to vaccine passports” is nothing more than a detriment to Floridians because he believes it “contributes to COVID vaccine hesitancy.”
Just voted to BAN vaccine-passports in Florida—the Bill passed 76-40!
— Rep. Anthony Sabatini (@AnthonySabatini) April 28, 2021