Gov. Ron DeSantis on Thursday announced plans to call a special session of the Florida Legislature. Gov. DeSantis will be asking the Legislature to provide protections for employees facing termination because of COVID-19 vaccine mandates and to reaffirm that government entities, including school districts, may not fire any employee based on COVID-19 vaccine status.
The governor will also ask the Legislature to provide greater protections to parents to manage their children’s health care decisions, including the freedom to opt their children out of mask mandates.
“In the coming days, we will review the governor's specific proposals as well as discuss our own ideas for legislative action, including whether now is the time for Florida to withdraw from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and establish our own state program,” Florida House Speaker Chris Sprowls (R-Palm Harbor) and Senate President Wilton Simpson (R-Trilby) said in a joint statement. “We believe that by doing so, Florida will have the ability to alleviate onerous federal regulations placed on employers and employees.”
An official date for the special session has not been announced, but we anticipate Gov. DeSantis soon will make another announcement to set a date. The FICPA Governmental Affairs Department is monitoring developments and will keep members apprised of any updates.
The full video of the announcement is available here.