Lawmakers Applaud Judge’s Ruling That Blocks Gov. DeSantis Ban On School Mask Mandates

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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Several lawmakers person applauded a judge’s ruling that overturned Gov. Ron DeSantis’ disguise mandate prohibition for Florida schools.

On Friday, Leon County Circuit Judge John C. Cooper agreed with a radical of parents who claimed successful a suit that Gov. Ron DeSantis’ prohibition connected the mandates is unconstitutional and cannot beryllium enforced.

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Cooper ruled that DeSantis overstepped his authority by issuing an enforcement bid banning the mandates, adding that the bid “is without ineligible authority.”

“As the Senate Democratic Caucus has maintained, and Judge Cooper ruled today, the Governor overstepped his law authorization by ordering a broad statewide disguise ban. This politically driven powerfulness drawback enactment the wellness and information of millions of Florida’s children, their families, and their communities astatine risk,” authorities Senate Democratic person Lauren Book said successful a statement.

“I applaud the brave parents who brought distant this ineligible challenge, and the courageous leaders from 10 schoolhouse districts who stood up to the Governor’s unlawful orders and threats of retaliation successful an effort to support children safe,” she added.

State Senator Shevrin Jones, who is the Vice-Chair of the Senate Education Committee, said the judge’s determination is simply a wide triumph for our state’s parents, students, and educators.

“Throughout this crisis, the Governor and his allies person wrongly chosen to marque matters of nationalist wellness political, and arsenic a result, person enactment millions of Floridians astatine risk. It was evident from the infinitesimal helium issued his prohibition that it was unconstitutional and unenforceable, and I americium grateful for the section elected officials who person stood beardown to support radical steadfast and harmless during this crisis,” helium said successful a statement.

State Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried, who is challenging DeSantis for the governor’s office, weighed successful connected the judge’s decision, calling it “a triumph for communal sense.”

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“Florida’s judicial subdivision affirmed what we person known to beryllium true: Governor DeSantis’ prohibition connected masks successful schools is not lone a unsafe authorities overreach that puts children’s lives astatine risk, but it besides violates Florida law. This ruling is simply a triumph for communal sense, for children’s safety, and for each the families and schoolhouse officials who person been warring to support their loved ones, students, and staff,” she said successful a statement.

Miami-Dade Mayor Daniella Levine Cava posted connected Twitter, I applaud this ruling by Judge Cooper. Utilizing each instrumentality we person to support our students and teachers from COVID should beryllium – and indispensable beryllium – communal sense. It’s however we dilatory the dispersed and support our assemblage and families safe.”

Dr. Mona Vishin Mangat, an immunologist and committee subordinate for the Committee to Protect Health Care, and who besides testified astatine the three-day proceeding successful Tallahassee connected behalf of the pro-mask families who brought the suit.

“This ruling is simply a much-needed triumph for Florida’s children and families and should beryllium a awesome to Governor DeSantis that his top-down orders against section nationalist wellness measures are some unsafe and unconstitutional. As some a doc and a parent of school-aged children, it is an immense alleviation to cognize that section schoolhouse leaders tin determination guardant with disguise protections without being punished by Gov. DeSantis,” she said successful a statement.

Mangat pointed to the immense bulk of wellness experts that person recommended cosmopolitan masking successful schools to support the wellness of students. She added that the suit could person been avoided if the politician had “simply chosen to enactment the information of our kids up of his governmental pandering.”

The governor’s bureau has said they volition entreaty the ruling.

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“This ruling was made with incoherent justifications, not based successful subject and facts – frankly not adjacent remotely focused connected the merits of the lawsuit presented. We are utilized to the Leon County Circuit Court not pursuing the instrumentality and getting reversed connected appeal, which is precisely what happened past twelvemonth successful the schoolhouse reopening case. We volition proceed to support the instrumentality and parent’s rights successful Florida, and volition instantly entreaty the ruling to the First District Court of Appeals, wherever we are assured we volition prevail connected the merits of the case,” said spokeswoman Taryn Fenske successful a statement.

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