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Politics Florida Lawmakers Consider Bill That Would Allow Parents to Sue Schools With Mask Mandates

09:15  16 november  2021
09:15  16 november  2021 Source:   newsweek.com

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A group of parents in Florida asked a judge to block an executive order by Governor Ron DeSantis that bans school districts from imposing mask requirements when classes resume in the fall. The lawsuit, filed Friday in state court in Florida , comes amid a fierce national debate about whether children in schools should wear masks as the delta variant of the coronavirus sweeps the country and case counts rise. The lawsuit argues that DeSantis’ order violates a provision of the state constitution that requires public officials to ensure schools are safe for students.

In a move that escalated Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis' fight over mask mandates , the governor's office said Monday that the state board of education could move to withhold the salaries of superintendents and school board members who disregard the governor's executive order that effectively prohibits mask mandates in school districts.

Republican Florida lawmakers are considering a bill that would allow parents to sue schools with mask or vaccine mandates, the Associated Press reported.

Florida Senate President Wilton Simpson presides over the opening of a special legislative session targeting COVID-19 vaccine mandates, Monday, Nov. 15, 2021, in Tallahassee, Fla. Florida lawmakers are considering a package of bills to combat coronavirus vaccine mandate, one of which would allow parents to sue schools with mask mandates. © Rebecca Blackwell/AP Photo Florida Senate President Wilton Simpson presides over the opening of a special legislative session targeting COVID-19 vaccine mandates, Monday, Nov. 15, 2021, in Tallahassee, Fla. Florida lawmakers are considering a package of bills to combat coronavirus vaccine mandate, one of which would allow parents to sue schools with mask mandates.

It is one of the bills to be discussed in the special legislative session started on Monday. According to the Tampa Bay Times, parents would get to decide if their children wear a mask or get the vaccine under the bill. To force school districts to comply, parents have the ability to sue, and if they win, they would be given attorneys' fees and costs.

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Fuck Florida and fuck DeSantis. I hope he is sued straight out of office when there is school covid outbreak. We need to fight these fascists head on instead of just caving to them. Lawsuits, protests, civil disobedience, riots, etc. In this case by actually blocking mask mandates the state has all but guaranteed an outbreak at schools . It's not like it's really the kids or parents choice to go to school , it's mandated by law that kids have to go or prove they are receiving adequate at home education.

Some schools in Oklahoma and Utah have also imposed mask mandates in spite of state policies banning them, though so far they don’t appear to be at risk of facing consequences, with Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt saying last week two school districts with mask mandates don’t violate the state law because they offer parents the ability to opt out of them. School mask mandate bans have become an increasing point of controversy as schools have reopened in the midst of the delta variant surge, which has left children under 12 who are ineligible for the Covid-19 vaccine particularly vulnerable.

The proposal was originally filed by state Senator Keith Perry on October 13 and considered for the 2022 legislative session before Republican Governor Ron DeSantis called the special legislative session, the Pensacola News Journal reported. The proposal also restricted cities and counties from enforcing that people wear masks and undergo medical procedures and treatments.

Other proposals include letting workers opt out of COVID vaccine mandates restricting private businesses from having coronavirus vaccine mandates unless they allow exemptions for medical reasons, religious beliefs, proof of immunity based on a previous COVID infection, regular testing, and an agreement to wear protective gear, AP reported.

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DeSantis brings back Florida lawmakers to crack down on pandemic mandates . Governor says special session will be ‘striking a blow for freedom’ in a state fighting federal vaccine requirements. The four bills being considered would ratchet up the penalties for businesses, local governments and other entities that require workers to be vaccinated against the virus and students to wear masks in school . According to DeSantis (R), the session will strengthen as well as augment rules already in place — in part through his own executive orders.

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Employers could be subject to fines up to $50,000 for firing a worker without offering the exemptions. Another proposal restricts COVID vaccine mandates for public schools and government workers in Florida.

If successful, Florida would become the first state to pass a law that fines businesses and hospitals that obey President Joe Biden's vaccine mandate, according to CNN. The state is one 26 fighting the Biden administration in court over its private employer vaccine mandate.

"We need to stop bossing people around," DeSantis said last week, CNN reported. "We've got to stop the coercion."

Democrats have denounced the special session as a move to elevate DeSantis' standing with the GOP.

For more reporting from the Associated Press, see below.

DeSantis has become one of the highest-profile Republican governors in the country through his vocal opposition to lockdowns and virus mandates, pitting himself against Biden as DeSantis runs for re-election and eyes a potential 2024 presidential bid.

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School started yesterday and yesterday the school board in our county voted not to issue a mask mandate . Today we learned our daughter was exposed by a teacher yesterday. “I’ll close by asking what potential negative consequences are there to mandating masks in Brevard Public Schools ? If the answer has anything to do with politics or following orders based on politics, it is the wrong answer. We don’t allow bullying and threats in our schools , please do not allow yourself to be bullied for the sake of politics.

The parents allege the mask mandate ban violates the state constitution’s separation of powers clause and equal protection measures and violates the rights of children in public schools by preventing school districts and the state from “adopt[ing]. The court docket in the Arkansas case notes a hearing has been scheduled for Friday, which could lead to a speedy ruling. Hutchinson has already called a special session of the state legislature for Wednesday to amend Act 1002 and allow school districts to impose mask mandates , which would address many of the concerns in the lawsuit.

"I am sick and tired of having to be a pawn in Governor Ron DeSantis' political ambitions," said state Representative Anna Eskamani, an Orlando Democrat.

The DeSantis administration has previously sued the White House over a rule requiring vaccinations for federal contractors and recently joined more than two dozen other Republican-led states in lawsuits challenging another federal vaccine mandate for private businesses with 100 employees or more.

Supporters of a mask mandate and anti-mask mandate speak during public comments at the Hillsborough County Schools Board meeting held at the district office on July 27, 2021 in Tampa, Florida. Florida lawmakers are considering a new bill that will allow parents to sue schools with mask mandates. Octavio Jones/Getty Images © Octavio Jones/Getty Images Supporters of a mask mandate and anti-mask mandate speak during public comments at the Hillsborough County Schools Board meeting held at the district office on July 27, 2021 in Tampa, Florida. Florida lawmakers are considering a new bill that will allow parents to sue schools with mask mandates. Octavio Jones/Getty Images

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