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DeSantis suspends all local COVID orders, signs bill handcuffing cities, counties on future restrictions
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DeSantis suspends all local COVID orders, signs bill handcuffing cities, counties on future restrictions

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said he was suspending all local COVID-19 emergency orders with executive order today.

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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said he was immediately suspending all local COVID-19 emergency orders by executive order on Monday, while signing a law that restricts what both governors and mayors can do during pandemics.

“I think that’s the evidence-based thing to do,” DeSantis said at a news conference in St. Petersburg. “I think folks that are saying they need to be policing people at this point, if you’re saying that, then you’re really saying you don’t believe in the vaccines.”

According to SB 2006, which DeSantis signed, any emergency orders could only last as long as 42 days. It also gives the governor the authority to overrule cities and counties at any time, and city and county commissions the power to overrule mayors.

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The law grants the Legislature power to overrule any emergency mandates or restrictions by the governor, which DeSantis implied was to prevent future Democratic governors from issuing restrictions Republican Legislatures don’t like.