By: Konrad Holden
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis announced that the state will be filing a lawsuit against the federal government over the vaccine mandate for businesses with more than 100 employees. Florida is joining Georgia, Alabama, and other private plaintiffs in the suit against the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). He also announced a special session for Florida lawmakers to pass laws protecting Florida workers.
Yesterday, Biden announced that the new OSHA rule requiring all employees of companies with 100 or more people to be vaccinated (or undergo weekly testing and mask-wearing) will have a deadline of January 4th.
Businesses could face hefty fines of up to $14,000 per day per worker.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody slammed the Biden administration for the mandate. The state of Florida has joined a lawsuit with other states and private parties.
The lawsuit will immediately be sent to the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals due to the fact that a federal agency is a defendant.
DeSantis also warned that this OSHA mandate is only the tip of the iceberg: “As far-reaching as this is, this is only the beginning for what they’re contemplating doing going forward.”
DeSantis promised that Florida lawmakers will be looking for ways to protect Floridians’ jobs from this mandate.
"This is not consistent with a government of limited and enumerated powers. There is no general police power, there is no power to mandate on the American people from the federal government." - Governor Ron DeSantis