Liberals truly believe they are above the law.
If it doesn’t suit them or their narrative, they simply will buck any rule they disagree with even it infringes on the personal medical choices of individuals.
The recent surge of Republican governors fighting against vaccine mandates is proof of this.
Despite Florida Governor Ron DeSantis’ order to protect jobs and personal freedom, one county decided the rule doesn’t apply to them.
The Florida Department of Health (FDOH) fined Leon County over $3.5 million this week after it fired over a dozen employees over vaccine mandates.
The FDOH fined the county $3,570,000 for an estimated 714 counts of violating a state statute, as DeSantis effectively banned the use of vaccine passports in the state. Yet, according to the governor’s office, Leon County proceeded with the requirement anyway.
On July 28, the county announced that employees had to be fully vaccinated by October 1. While the vast majority, 700, complied, 14 did not submit proof, resulting in their termination.
“It is unacceptable that Leon County violated Florida law, infringed on current and former employees’ medical privacy, and fired loyal public servants because of their personal health decisions,” DeSantis’s office said in a statement.
DeSantis, who in May signed Senate Bill (SB) 2006 in May, banning the use of vaccine passports in the state, addressed the hefty fine directly on social media.
We must protect the jobs of Floridians and preserve the ability of Floridians to make their own decisions regarding what shots to take.
— Ron DeSantis (@GovRonDeSantis) October 12, 2021
The county has 30 days to pay the fine. However, Vincent S. Long, Leon County Administrator, said there is a “genuine disagreement about the applicability of the statute and rule” and suggested the county “will enforce its rights using any remedies available at law, if necessary.”
And thus, the Liberal modus operandi: break the law, virtue signal about said law, fight it out in court.
This is not the first battle the DeSantis administration has faced off against counties implementing vaccine mandates.
Weeks ago, the City of Gainesville ultimately rescinded its vaccine mandate for city workers after a judge granted a temporary injunction against it. Similarly, Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings, a Democrat, said that first responders would not lose their job for failing to comply with the county’s vaccine mandate.
Author: Elizabeth Tierney