Against the tide of crocodile tears a disingenuous “concern” from Democrats and carpetbaggers, Florida took another stride this week as on of the last bastions of traditional civil liberties left in the United States. encouraged by Governor Ron DeSantis, the Florida Legislature has passed legislation to permanently ban vaccine passports, either enforced by the federal government, or by corporations and special interests. The story isn’t over, however.
On Wednesday The Florida House approved a measure that would limit local emergency orders and make Gov. Ron DeSantis’ executive order barring COVID-19 vaccine “passports” permanent.
The House voted 76-40 to approve Senate Bill 2006. According to Pandemics & Public Emergencies Committee Chairman Tom Leek, R-Ormond Beach, this bill prepares Florida for future public-health emergencies while striking a “delicate balance between protecting people and protecting people’s civil liberties.”
“We have vaccines, through some miracle of science, that work. We also must recognize that COVID-19 vaccines don’t have the same proven history as the same vaccines we require our schoolchildren to get,” Leek said. “We must recognize that vaccine hesitancy is real and understandable. Don’t get me wrong. For all of you in this room, for all of you who are listening out there, get vaccinated. Please get vaccinated. Let’s return to normal. But recognize that it is fair for a certain segment of our community to be hesitant about getting the vaccine.”
Democrats in Florida have given very vocal opposition to the bill, arguing that it would delay Florida’s ability to return to normal. They argue that COVID-19 passports should be used to exclude those who are unvaccinated from society, through measures such as barring them from schools and businesses.
“I don’t know many people who are going to get on a cruise if they don’t have the security of knowing that the other people on that cruise with them, in that close environment with them, have also been vaccinated,” Rep. Omari Hardy, D-West Palm Beach, said.
Rep. Michael Grieco, D-Miami Beach expressed similar concerns to Hardy, saying “The irony is that this bill would grant rights to the people who have not been vaccinated, but it doesn’t protect me.”
This is of course an abjectly false statement. The proposed legislation protects the rights of all Americans, vaccinated or not.
Included in the bill is a prohibition on any kind of business, school, or government entity from requiring customers to show documentation that they have received a COVID-19 vaccination and/or are recovered from the disease. Read more…