Chris Sprowls

Dems fail to block public-records language in DeSantis’ vaccine-mandate legislation

BY: - November 17, 2021

The only drama during Florida House debate on Day 3 of Gov. Ron DeSantis’ special session on COVID vaccine policy was whether Democrats would hang together to block a public-records exemption attached to the package. They did not. That measure, HB 3B, which would shield personal information about medical histories and religious views of workers […]

House GOP rolls over Democrats to advance DeSantis’ turf war with Biden

BY: - November 16, 2021

The Florida Legislature is on track to wind up its special session on COVID vaccine mandates, and deliver a political win to Gov. Ron DeSantis, as soon as Wednesday after House Republicans blocked Democratic efforts to adjust the governor’s priorities. Dozens of amendments to the four bills sought by the governor fell Tuesday either to […]

Conspiracy theories run rampant during testimony on DeSantis’ vax mandate ban

BY: - November 16, 2021

Committee hearings on Gov. Ron DeSantis’ legislative response to the Biden administration’s vaccine mandates ran heavy on alarmist claims of impending fascism and endorsements by medical experts of unproven COVID treatments including ivermectin. During some four hours of hearings Monday before the Senate Commerce Committee, for example, conservative political activists joined forces with vaccine-resistant first […]

DeSantis would give parents the right to sue over vax mandates in special session

BY: - November 8, 2021

Parents could sue school districts for monetary damages if administrators require children to get vaccinated or wear a face mask against the coronavirus under legislation filed Monday for Gov. Ron DeSantis’ special session of the Florida Legislature. The legislative proposal would expand parents’ rights, part of a new law signed by the governor earlier this […]

DeSantis vows new legal challenge over Biden’s vax mandate as soon as Friday

BY: - November 4, 2021

Facing President Joe Biden’s monumental effort to vaccinate millions more Americans starting in January, Gov. Ron DeSantis plans to quickly ask the courts to block the president’s COVID vaccine mandates for businesses and health workers. A lawsuit will come as soon as the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s rule, released Thursday, lands in what’s called […]

DeSantis’ bid in special session for OSHA alternative might not work in practice

BY: - November 2, 2021

Gov. Ron DeSantis’ record in office indicates he will pretty much get anything he wants from the Legislature during the impending special session on COVID-19 policy. The fellow Republicans who run the House and Senate have rarely told the governor “No.” That means DeSantis can look forward to signing into law measures clamping down on […]

DeSantis plans special session to fight Biden’s vaccine mandates; calls them ‘forced injections’

BY: - October 21, 2021

Gov. Ron DeSantis is calling the Florida Legislature into a special session to protect Floridians from the Biden administration’s mandate that businesses and hospitals require what the governor called “forced injections” of workers with COVID vaccines. During a Clearwater news conference that featured all the trappings of a campaign rally, the governor said he would […]

COMMENTARY

Committee week in Florida’s Capitol: Welcome to the festival of ignorance

BY: - September 24, 2021

Legislators came to town for the autumn ritual of political harlotry they call “committee week.” Tallahassee’s collective IQ dropped by a good 60 points. That’s bad, but what they propose doing to Florida is worse. Seems Sen. Joe Gruters, R-$ara$ota, who also is chairman of the Republican Party of Florida, was intimately involved with a […]

GOP lawmaker files Texas-style bounty-hunter abortion bill in Florida Legislature

BY: - September 22, 2021

A Florida version of the Texas law banning abortions after about six weeks of pregnancy and allowing citizens to sue people who provide or enable abortions has landed in Tallahassee in the form of HB 167, filed by Republican Webster Barnaby of Volusia County. Barnaby’s bill, filed Wednesday, mimics key provisions of the Texas law […]

As COVID caseload spikes, Gov. DeSantis vows again: No more lockdowns in FL

BY: - July 22, 2021

As COVID-19 cases surge in Florida and the more transmissible Delta variant continues to circulate, Gov. Ron DeSantis on Thursday declared his opposition to any mitigation efforts, such as lockdowns or mask mandates, particularly for K-12 students. During a news conference in Fort Pierce, the Republican governor addressed a reporter who noted that a group […]

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FL Legislature opens gambling special session by nixing possibility of online casino games statewide

BY: and - May 17, 2021

In the first day of a special legislative session on gambling in Florida, a big part of the deal appears to have been taken off of the table. A draft copy of Gov. Ron DeSantis’ gambling compact with the Seminole Tribe of Florida envisioned the possibly that in three years the parties might agree to […]

Asked to boost jobless benefits for everyday Floridians, the FL House said no

BY: - April 30, 2021

There will be no increase in unemployment benefits for Floridians this year. Legislation that would have boosted the top unemployment benefits by $100 per week has died because the state House declined to take up a bipartisan Senate bill to that effect on the final day of the annual legislative session. That means jobless people […]