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November 19, 2021

Governor Ron DeSantis’ efforts crack down on COVID-related mandates is trickling down to local governments as well—specifically, school districts. After a bruising Fall of legal tug-of-war over mask mandates, the legislature is making it crystal clear that when it comes to such policies—PARENTS—and ONLY parents—will have a say over what their kids will wear. Lynn Hatter reports.

Florida’s surgeon general can no longer mandate vaccines under a new law passed this week. Robbie Gaffney reports No surgeon general in Florida has used that authority since the state legislature approved it in 2002.

Florida lawmakers voted this week to clamp down on COVID-19 mandates from businesses and the federal government. Part of the lawmaking process included a decision NOT to carve out an exemption for workers in healthcare facilities. Gina Jordan explains why that may put those facilities between a proverbial rock and a hard place.

Pregnancy, or the intention to become pregnant, is one reason Florida lawmakers say employers must exempt workers from any vaccine mandates put in place by private businesses. But Regan McCarthy reports the legislation is raising questions for some—like who do the rules apply to, how are those exemptions requested and should lawmakers even have used their time to create an exemption when medical professionals say getting a COVID-19 shot is not only safe for pregnant people, but important?

Governor Ron DeSantis has signed a measure into law that ultimately seeks to remove the state’s private-sector workers from the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration. It orders his office to craft a proposal for a state workplace safety plan. But as Valerie Crowder reports, the state would remain subject to federal oversight, even with its own plan in place.

Earlier this month, the Seminole Tribe quietly rolled out sports betting in Florida. It was supposed to launch in October, then got pushed back.. A federal judge is currently weighing the legality of the compact between the Seminole Tribe and the state. Keith Buckley teaches Sports Management at Rollins College. He talked to WMFE’s Talia Blake about what exactly is going on with Sports betting in the state.