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A leading education lawyer said Monday that Governor Ron DeSantis’s executive order banning school districts from requiring masks appears to violate the state constitution, and will likely lead to legal challenges as Florida schools prepare to open next week amid a surge in cases of coronavirus.

DeSantis To Sign Executive Order Preventing School Mask Mandates

Jul 30, 2021

Gov. Ron DeSantis said Friday he will issue an executive order to prohibit school districts from imposing mask-wearing requirements as students return to classes in August.

Scoffing at revised COVID-19 guidance from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, DeSantis questioned potential health effects of forcing students to wear masks for hours at a time and said parents should be allowed to decide whether their children use face coverings.

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In a campaign email this week from the Friends of Ron DeSantis political action committee, Gov. DeSantis called for the nation’s leading infectious disease doctor to be fired and investigated.

DeSantis, Allies Discuss Opposition To Masks In Schools

Jul 27, 2021

Gov. Ron DeSantis quietly held a roundtable discussion Monday at the Capitol that focused on opposition to mask mandates in schools during the COVID-19 pandemic, with DeSantis’ office not giving prior public notice and excluding reporters.

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Edward Waters University students who want to attend in-person classes and live on campus this fall will have to show proof they’ve been vaccinated against COVID-19.

Fla. Doctors Blast DeSantis On Handling COVID-19, Including Campaign Jabs At Fauci

Jul 22, 2021

Gov. Ron DeSantis has drawn national attention for bucking federal health-care officials over the handling of the novel coronavirus, but a group of Florida physicians said Thursday the governor’s push to reopen the state and block precautions are a main reason for a sharp increase in the number of residents suffering from COVID-19.

It's been a month since Gov. Ron DeSantis last visited St. Petersburg to discuss red tide.

Since then, Pinellas County crews have hauled more than 1,320 tons of dead fish from Tampa Bay. DeSantis says the state is already supporting the efforts with money and resources.

"We developed a dedicated funding source in the annual budget to respond to red tide events, to respond to blue-green algae and significant impacts, just like the one that we've been experiencing now," he said.


An executive order put in place by Gov. Ron DeSantis banning local governments from requiring masks will not be reconsidered, even as hospitals teeter on the edge of capacity for COVID-19 patients.

DeSantis Seeks Internet Access For Cubans While Urging Military To Overthrow Government

Jul 16, 2021

Gov. Ron DeSantis told young members of Cuba’s military to “live in the history books” by overthrowing their nation’s communist leadership, as he pushed President Joe Biden to bring Wi-Fi access back to people protesting on the island nation.

DeSantis, appearing in Miami on Thursday, reiterated his request that the White House allow Florida to restore internet access to Cuba, amid widespread demonstrations over a deepening economic crisis.

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Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Monday that Green Cove Springs will be receiving $700,000 in state infrastructure funding.

Gov. Ron DeSantis signed the transgender athlete ban into law at Trinity Christian Academy in Jacksonville on June 1, which also marked the start of Pride Month.
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A 13-year-old Broward County soccer player and her parents are challenging a new state law that bans transgender female athletes from participating on girls’ and women’s sports teams, arguing that it is unconstitutional and “ignores basic medical science” about trans students.

Gov. Ron DeSantis has refused to enact the state Legislature's proposed changes to car insurance.

Even though the this year's regular legislative session was not especially productive in terms of the number of bills passed, Gov. Ron DeSantis has not yet acted on more than a third of them.

Two months after the regular session ended, the governor still must decide the fate of 97 of 275 bills that passed. Eleven are on his desk, and 86 more remain in control of the legislature, with the start of a new fiscal year just days away.

Gov. DeSantis Signs Bills On Civics, 'Intellectual Freedom'

Jun 23, 2021

TALLAHASSEE --- Saying he wants Florida to be the "number-one state for civic literacy," Gov. Ron DeSantis on Tuesday signed bills aimed at boosting civics education in public schools and gauging "intellectual freedom" on college campuses.

During a bill-signing event at a Fort Myers middle-school library, DeSantis capped some of his priorities from the legislative session that ended April 30 --- emphasizing patriotism in civics instruction and fighting what he describes as “indoctrination” in education.

Schools across Florida must soon follow stricter guidelines when it comes to restraining students with cognitive, developmental and behavioral disabilities.

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Gov. Ron DeSantis’ net worth grew nearly 20% in his second year as the state’s top executive.

DeSantis Signs School CPR Bill, 43 Others

Jun 22, 2021
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Gov. Ron DeSantis on Monday signed 44 bills, including a measure that will require high-school freshmen and juniors in Florida to take one hour of instruction on how to administer CPR.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks during a press conference at The Windsor at San Pablo, an assisted living facility in Jacksonville, on June 21, 2021.
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Gov. Ron DeSantis held a press conference to discuss the state’s increased budget for Alzheimer’s research and care at The Windsor at San Pablo, an assisted living facility in Jacksonville.

DeSantis Says Florida Will Help With Border Control In Texas, Arizona

Jun 17, 2021

Gov. Ron DeSantis said Wednesday that Florida law-enforcement officers will go to Texas and Arizona to help with border control, as Florida continues to challenge the Biden administration in federal court about immigration enforcement.

DeSantis’ announcement during a news conference in Pensacola came after Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey sent a letter last week to governors of the 48 other states requesting assistance in battling illegal immigration at the border with Mexico.

DeSantis Pushes Through Pardon For All Florida COVID-19 Violators

Jun 16, 2021
Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks at the end of the regular 2021 legislative session on April 30.

With Gov. Ron DeSantis saying lockdown restrictions and mask mandates meant to stop the spread of COVID-19 did more harm than good, the state clemency board on Wednesday pardoned all Floridians who were arrested or fined for violating local-government requirements about wearing masks or social distancing.

DeSantis Could Bypass Cabinet On DEP Pick

Jun 16, 2021

Gov. Ron DeSantis suggested Tuesday he might not get sign-off from the state Cabinet for his next appointee to run the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.

Today, Governor Ron DeSantis signed into law a bill requiring moments of silence in K-12 schools. First-period teachers will begin the moment of silence each day and it will last one to two minutes. Teachers won’t be able to tell students what to reflect on during that time. Speaking during a bill signing ceremony at a Jewish Community Center in Miami-Dade County, DeSantis said the new law is meant to protect religious freedom.

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Gov. Ron DeSantis said Wednesday he will sign a property-insurance package that could lead to larger rate increases for customers of the state-backed Citizens Property Insurance Corp. while seeking to curb roof-damage claims and lawsuits.

DeSantis Signs Bills To Curb Foreign Influence

Jun 7, 2021
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Gov. Ron DeSantis on Monday signed into law a pair of bills designed to curb the influence of foreign governments on state agencies and higher-education institutions, as he particularly targeted China.

File photo of Gov. Ron DeSantis speaking at the Florida Capitol on April 30, 2021.

Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a bill Friday at the American Legion Palm Valley post in Ponte Vedra Beach that will create a program designed to help children with guardians in the military acclimate to changing schools.

Impact Fee Limits Lands On Gov. DeSantis' Desk

Jun 4, 2021
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A bill sent to Gov. Ron DeSantis would limit local impact fees imposed on builders and developers to help pay for infrastructure to handle growth.

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While pointing to an economic resurgence amid the coronavirus pandemic, Gov. Ron DeSantis on Wednesday used his line-item veto power to slash $1.5 billion as he signed a record $100 billion budget for the upcoming fiscal year.

Gov. Ron DeSantis made a stop at Destin Elementary Wednesday afternoon to announce a statewide bonus for teachers and principals as well as tout the state’s plan to open schools for in-person instruction.

“When the history is written on this recent chapter, I think people are going to look back and say probably the most important thing we did here was get the kids in school,” the governor said surrounded by local officials.

DeSantis Says Budget Review Underway While Visiting Macclenny

May 26, 2021
Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks at the end of the regular 2021 legislative session on April 30.
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Gov. Ron DeSantis said Wednesday he is continuing to review parts of a record $101.5 billion budget proposal as he prepares to sign it before the July 1 start of the fiscal year.