Florida governor is calling the legislature back to address federal vaccine mandate implications. Democrats say that's outrageous

“What we are going to be doing, in addition to mounting aggressive legal challenges to federal mandates, we are also going to be taking legislative action to add protections for people in the state of Florida. And that’s something that cannot wait until the regular legislative session next year,” DeSantis mentioned at a information convention in Clearwater.

DeSantis mentioned he and his administration will proceed to combat the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) proposed new vaccine rule for large employers, an emergency commonplace introduced by President Joe Biden final month. DeSantis mentioned they’re trying particularly at how federal mandates apply to contractors and hospitals and in the early phases of assembling authorized motion on each fronts.

“I think we have got to stand up for people’s jobs and their livelihoods,” DeSantis mentioned.

Democrats known as the motion an “outrageous” assault on native governments and companies.

“Our positions should not be used as a place to bully people and businesses, but it should be used to push and promote good policy,” state Sen. Shevrin Jones mentioned in a tweet. “Florida deserves leadership that will promote truth and facts, not more reckless politics with human lives on the line.”

Rep. Andrew Learned tweeted, “This is our Governor playing presidential primary politics by putting Floridians last.”

Some legislative actions will embody holding employers answerable for damages if an worker is compelled to get vaccinated and has an adversarial response, in accordance to the governor. DeSantis mentioned any enterprise that mandates Covid-19 vaccines will not qualify for the state’s Covid-19 legal responsibility safety.

“At the end of the day, you should not be discriminated against because of your health decisions,” he mentioned.

DeSantis mentioned he may also ask the legislature to “fortify the parents’ bill of rights,” an govt order signed earlier this yr that directs the Florida Department of Education and the Florida Department of Health to challenge emergency guidelines that give dad and mom a alternative on whether or not their youngsters ought to put on masks in school.

DeSantis famous the “very strong action” taken by the state legislators in the final session. DeSantis cited measures equivalent to the state’s vaccine passport bans that “nipped that whole issue in the bud.”

“But now you have these aggressive potential mandates, which could potentially lead to many people losing their jobs,” he mentioned.