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US DeSantis Signs Bill Limiting Mandates in Brandon, Florida, to Chants of 'Lets Go Brandon'

08:40  19 november  2021
08:40  19 november  2021 Source:   newsweek.com

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Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed legislation on Thursday limiting COVID vaccine mandates across the state.

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A special session of the Florida Legislature passed the bill on Thursday and DeSantis chose to sign the bill into law in Brandon, Florida where the crowd chanted "Let's go Brandon" during the signing ceremony, the Associated Press reported.

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According to the Associated Press, the chant "Let's Go Brandon" is actually a code adopted by conservative Republicans for "F*** Joe Biden," which has recently grown in popularity.

Though DeSantis reportedly said that the Tampa suburb was only selected because he thought it was "a great American city," his campaign said it chose Brandon as the location for the signing ceremony as a way to challenge the vaccine mandates issued by President Joe Biden's administration, according to the AP.

The new legislation is meant to "protect Floridians from losing their jobs due to COVID vaccine mandates and protect parents' rights to make healthcare decisions for students", the governor's office said in an emailed statement on Thursday.

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The new law calls for fines for businesses that fire their employees over vaccine mandates without accepting their exemptions, and prohibits educational institutions and government entities from imposing COVID vaccine mandates.

"Employees can choose from numerous exemptions, including but not limited to, health or religious concerns; pregnancy or anticipated future pregnancy; and past recovery from COVID-19," the bill read.

The law also allows parents to sue schools that impose mask mandates among students and bans school districts from quarantining healthy students.

"I told Floridians that we would protect their jobs and today we made that the law," said DeSantis in a statement on Thursday. "Nobody should lose their job due to heavy-handed COVID mandates and we had a responsibility to protect the livelihoods of the people of Florida. I'm thankful to the Florida Legislature for joining me in standing up for freedom."

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As per the legislation, small businesses could be fined $10,000 per employee violation, while medium and big businesses could be fined $50,000 per employee violation.

Meanwhile, workers could choose PPE or they could opt for a COVID test instead of getting vaccinated against the virus with costs covered by the employer.

DeSantis has long defied COVID-related restrictions as he continued to challenge mask and vaccine mandates statewide.

In October, he began calling for state legislators to meet and discuss ways to block COVID vaccine mandates by imposing tougher penalties on businesses, schools, and local governments.

"No cop, no firefighter, no nurse, nobody should be losing their job because of these jabs—we must stand up for people and protect their jobs and livelihoods," DeSantis said in a news release this week. "We're going to be striking a blow for freedom."

Earlier this month, Florida was among over two dozen states which sued the Biden administration after the White House announced COVID vaccine rules that apply to over 100 million U.S. workers.

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  Gov. DeSantis signs legislation against Covid-19 mandates Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis on Thursday signed what he called "the strongest piece of legislation that's been enacted anywhere in the country" in opposition to coronavirus vaccination mandates on workers. © Chris O'Meara/AP Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, seated, signs a bill in front of supporters and members of the media during a news conference Thursday, Nov. 18, 2021, in Brandon, Fla. DeSantis signed the bill that protects employees and their families from coronavirus vaccine and mask mandates.

Workers have until January 4 to get vaccinated against the virus or be subjected to regular COVID testing.

Newsweek contacted DeSantis' office for further comments but did not hear back before publication.

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