Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis announced on Thursday that he is calling lawmakers to a special legislative session in November to draft legislation aimed at protecting Floridians from vaccine mandates from private businesses.
“In addition to mounting aggressive legal challenges to federal mandates, we’re also going to be taking legislative action to add protections for people in the state of Florida,” DeSantis said in a press conference on Thursday. “And that’s something that cannot wait until the regular legislative session next year. It needs to happen soon and so we will be calling the legislature back for a special session.”
“Thank you, Governor DeSantis. Thank you,” one man said as the crowd erupted with cheers.
DeSantis said he hopes by calling lawmakers back a few months earlier than their scheduled January 2022 session, Floridians can gain some protections from growing vaccine requirements for their jobs.
“At the end of the day, you shouldn’t be discriminated against based on your health decisions,” the Republican said. “We want to provide protection for people, we want to make it clear that, in Florida, your right to earn a living is not contingent upon whatever choices you’re making in terms of these injections.”
Some of DeSantis’s proposals for the legislature to consider include holding businesses accountable for any dangerous medical complications as a result of vaccine coercion, allowing parents access to attorney’s fees if they successfully bring a lawsuit against local schools for enacting COVID-19 mitigation requirements, and creating a law that prevents government entities from forcing the jab on any of their employees.
DeSantis has signaled for weeks that he wants to pre-emptively protect the freedoms of his constituents as the White House tries to hoax private companies into following the president’s press release demanding companies with 100 or more employees require the jab.