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DeSantis calls for a special legislative session to fight vaccine mandates

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks at the Doral Academy Preparatory School in Doral on Sept. 14, 2021.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks at the Doral Academy Preparatory School in Doral on Sept. 14, 2021.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis says he will call state lawmakers back to work early to pass legislation to combat coronavirus vaccine mandates enacted by businesses.

The Republican governor on Thursday said he will convene a special session of the GOP-controlled statehouse in November to address vaccine requirements.

He said the session will be aimed at “pursuing a number of protections for employees.”

DeSantis outlined policy goals for the special session, including holding businesses liable for adverse reactions to vaccines and removing legal liability protections for employers with vaccine mandates.

Democrats were quick to criticize the governor’s plan as state Sen. Annette Taddeo — who announced this week she's running for governor in 2022 — compared DeSantis' actions to those of a dictator.

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