DeSantis is ready to stir up Florida’s fight over COVID-19 mandates

TELLAHASSY β€” In a broad attack on efforts to combat COVID-19, Gov. Ron DeSantis on Tuesday called on the Republican-controlled legislature to place a permanent Florida ban on mask mandates in schools and vaccine requirements for local governments and businesses.

The measures were enacted during a special session called by DeSantis in late 2021, when he was battling several Florida school districts, private businesses and the federal government under President Joe Biden that were taking steps they deemed necessary to reduce transmission of COVID-19.

The authorization ban approved by Florida lawmakers at the time is scheduled to expire in June.

But DeSantis wants to keep it on the books and raise the specter that efforts to reinstate it could emanate from places like California, which already raised the statewide requirements nearly a year ago.

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