GAINESVILLE, Fla — While speaking in Gainesville, Governor Ron DeSantis announced local governments will receive a $5000 fine, per violation, if they enforce a vaccine mandate on employees. “You look at places here in Alachua County, like the city of Gainesville, I mean that’s millions and millions potentially of dollars in fines.” said DeSantis in a news conference on Monday.
This comes as Gainesville city employees filed a lawsuit against the city for enforcing a vaccine mandate or lose their job. Orange County also put in a requirement for all employees to be partially vaccinated by September 30th and fully vaccinated by October 31st.
DeSantis emphasized “If a government agency in the state of Florida, forces a vaccine as a condition to employment, that violates Florida law.” DeSantis then took his attention to President Joe Biden, who announced plans for a vaccine mandate for employers with over 100 employees. “The fight with the Biden mandate is a real serious fight to defend the Constitutional system. He is so dismissive of anybody that disagrees with him. You hear how he talks about Governors as if they should be cast aside, out of the way.” DeSantis added, to applause, “I know the founding fathers created a system. We’re the United States of America, and they created a system where the President doesn’t get to boss people around.” DeSantis emphasized that governors like him are designed to be on the front lines of pushing back when the federal government overreaches.
Before leaving, DeSantis took one more parting shot at Biden saying “For him to be so dismissive, and act like that anybody standing up for jobs in their state should just somehow get out of the way, it shows the arrogance of him and it also shows how out of touch he is with the people of this country.”
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