Citing rapidly approaching federal deadlines, Governor Ron DeSantis announced plans early Thursday to call lawmakers back to Tallahassee for a Special Legislative Session to consider a number of proposals designed to protect the rights of individual workers against vaccine mandates.
No dates have been set yet, Florida House Speaker Chris Sprowls confirmed in a memo to Members of the House of Representatives.
“This morning Governor DeSantis announced that he plans to call the Legislature into a Special Session,” Sprowls wrote. “At this time, we have not received the dates or details regarding any proposed call. We are in communication with the Governor’s Office and our partners in the Senate, and we will share details with you as they emerge.”
At DeSantis’s press conference, held in Clearwater, the governor outlined several potential proposals that lawmakers might be asked to consider, including a law that would make businesses liabile for medical harms resulting from mandatory vaccinations, a law barring local or state governments from mandating vaccinations for state or local government employees, and a proposal designed to allow parents to collect attorney’s fees if they prevail in a lawsuit against a school district that imposed improper pandemic restrictions on students.
Across the nation, the federal vaccination mandate issued by President Joe Biden has seen mixed results. Some companies, including Southwest Airlines, abandoned their requirement for all employees to be vaccinated or face unpaid leave. Southwest’s push for all employees to be vaccinated contributed in part to significant employee backlash that snarled air travel for several days. Other organizations are desperately seeking meetings and clarification from the Biden Administration as the deadline approaches for an estimated 80 million workers across a number of public and private industries.