Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has just called for a legislative special session to deal with the federal COVID-19 vaccine mandate that have been put in place by President Joe Biden.
During an early morning press conference in Clearwater, Florida, Gov. DeSantis reasserted that he and Attorney General Ashley Moody were following up their "aggressive legal challenges to federal mandates" by also taking " legislative action to add protections for people in the state of Florida."
DeSantis added that those protections could not wait until the 2022 legislative session to begin in January 2022.
"That's something that cannot wait until the regular legislative session next year and needs to happen soon and so we will be calling the legislature back for a special session," stated DeSantis.
Democratic State Senator Shevrin Jones took exception to DeSantis's call for a special session, calling it a move "focussed on scoring political points with his base on the health and safety of Florida."
“Yet again, Gov. DeSantis is troublingly more focused on scoring political points with his base than on the health and safety of Florida. At every turn throughout the pandemic, the Governor has rejected science, further endangering the lives of hardworking people across the state. Florida deserves leadership that will promote truth and facts, not more reckless politics with human lives on the line," stated Sen. Jones in a press release.
State Rep. Anthony Sabatini (R) has been the "sole voice" in the Republican-led state legislature calling for a ban on these mandates and applauds the calling for the Ron DeSantis special session.
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