November 18, 2021 | 6 South Florida | Source
“The Florida Senate on Wednesday passed four bills that would prevent businesses from requiring employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19. The bills now await Gov. Ron DeSantis’ signature.
Earlier, lawmakers in the Republican-controlled statehouse moved the measures forward over several amendments and objections from Democrats.
The lawmakers passed the bills on a mostly party line vote after a lengthy debate that turned nasty when central Florida Republican Rep. Anthony Sabatini commented about President Joe Biden.
“He is a tyrant nonetheless,” Sabatini said, as he was met by yelling.
The exchange prompted Speaker Chris Sprowls to step in.
“Any comments regarding the President of the United States, President Biden, any comments related to the governor of the state of Florida, Ron DeSantis, those comments should not be made in the chamber,” he said.
DeSantis had called the special legislative session to pass the bills, which he says are necessary to ensure that people don’t lose their jobs over vaccinations.
“My goal bottom line on this special session is, no Floridian should be losing their job over COVID shots,” DeSantis said at a news conference Tuesday.
The legislation would, among other things, bar private businesses from having coronavirus vaccine mandates unless they allow exemptions for medical reasons, religious beliefs, proof of immunity based on a prior COVID-19 infection, regular testing and an agreement to wear protective gear. The proposals would also let parents sue schools over mask requirements and stop schools and governments from having vaccine mandates.”