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Forty-three businesses or government offices are being investigated as a result of Gov. Ron DeSantis’ newly signed law on banning the requirement of vaccine passports. Violators will receive a notice of violation from the health department, which includes the right to a hearing before an administrative judge. If the final order is approved, a fine of $5,000 would be due within 30 days. The legislation appears here.
No one is surprised that Gov. DeSantis has taken this gutsy move, although there are those who see it as a political ploy (unfortunately behind a paywall). State Rep. Carlos Guillermo Smith, D-Orlando, said that the DeSantis administration has not fined anyone is telling. He said the law was politically motivated.
‘He’s not actually fining any businesses,’ said Guillermo Smith, who is suing the Department of Health over the disappearance of detailed coronavirus data. ‘It’s just another bumper sticker for him to help him raise money.’
Of course, the money raised will go to the Florida Department of Health. Christina Pushaw, DeSantis’ Press Secretary, made this statement:
‘Vaccine passports reduce individual freedom and harm patient privacy,’ she said. ‘Allowing businesses and educational institutions to require vaccine passports as a condition of entry or service would entrench an unfair, two-tiered society.’
In spite of those who are criticizing DeSantis, I believe his actions are wise and courageous. Except for very early on, he has been consistent and relentless in his actions regarding Covid-19. Recently he tried to prohibit schools requiring mask mandates, but he was overruled by a judge, and a motion to reconsider was refused.
Gov. DeSantis is not the only one who is taking action. Several states are leaning toward or have enacted bans on vaccine passports to date: Montana, North Dakota, Idaho, Wyoming, South Dakota, Utah, Arizona, Alaska, Iowa, Missouri, Oklahoma, Arizona, Tennessee, Alabama, Texas, Georgia, and South Carolina.
Now we will need to see whether the State of Florida follows through. I suspect that the businesses are being investigated not only to verify the claims against them, but to give them an opportunity to withdraw their bans. To my knowledge, no business has yet gone before an administrative judge, nor has anyone been fined. Whether it’s popular or not, I expect that some businesses will be fined.
Our privacy and personal agency, as well as equal treatment under the law, are priorities.
People are learning to take Governor Ron DeSantis seriously.Published in