(CBrief) – Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is moving once again to enhance the personal liberty of state residents with a pledge to protect what he is describing as a new “civil right.”
Specifically, the GOP governor will move to protect Floridians from vaccine and mask discrimination.
During a Thursday press conference, DeSantis noted that most of the state’s rules related to the COVID-19 pandemic are expected to expire in July. However, the governor said he would push for additional protections from vaccine discrimination as well as protecting residents from forced masking policies.
“We were the first state in the country to ban COVID vaccine passports in the spring of 2021, almost two years ago,” DeSantis said at the press conference to announce the state’s plan to lower drug costs. “We protected employees from being fired from their job. We did a special session in 2021 over the shots [and]banned schools from requiring covid shots for students, including universities.”
He also said he would move to prevent businesses from requiring customers and employees to wear masks.
Today, I unveiled my plan to pursue the most comprehensive legislation in Florida history to increase prescription drug pricing transparency and accountability, including reining in so-called pharmacy benefit managers. pic.twitter.com/GxMgwRzTXW
— Ron DeSantis (@GovRonDeSantis) January 12, 2023
“We’re gonna do a whole package. We’re gonna make all this permanent, then we’re gonna add some more protections for people,” DeSantis said. “You should be able to live your life without a mask … I just think it’s a civil right to be able to breathe the fresh air and be able to live your life.”
DeSantis has an autobiography coming out early next year, and the timing of its release has turned some heads in the political world.
The book, which documents the popular GOP governor’s rise from a star Little League baseball player to one of the most significant figures in politics, is due out in February, just in time for potential presidential contenders to begin building a war chest and campaign organization ahead of the 2024 election.
The Daily Wire notes:
“The Courage to Be Free: Florida’s Blueprint for America’s Revival,” is expected to detail the 44-year-old leader’s journey from Sunshine State baseball diamonds to Yale, Harvard Law, service in the U.S. Navy, three terms in the U.S. House of Representatives, and his current role. While DeSantis has not announced plans to challenge former President Trump for the Republican presidential nomination, books such as this often precede White House bids.
“He shares his thinking from when he was fighting back against COVID mandates and restrictions, critical race theory, woke corporations’ and what Broadside describes as ‘the partisan legacy media,” noted the publisher, Broadside Books, said in a statement.
The publisher, a subsidiary of Fox News owner Rupert Murdoch’s HarperCollins Publishing, said the book would be released on Feb. 28.
DeSantis commandingly won a second term earlier this month, defeating former GOP governor-turned-Democratic congressman Charlie Crist by 19 points. The landslide victory was seen by many political observers as an affirmation of the governor who kept Florida schools open during the pandemic, rejected mask and vaccine mandates, and took on the left over cultural issues like critical race theory and gender ideology being taught in public schools.
The Daily Wire added:
So far, only Trump has announced a 2024 bid. But a new poll from Iowa, where the presidential primary season gets underway every four years with the Iowa caucuses, showed Hawkeye State Republicans narrowly favor DeSantis over Trump, given the choice for 2024. Other polls have also showed that Republicans favor DeSantis over Trump and DeSantis faring better in a 2024 matchup against President Joe Biden. But some polls also show Trump more likely to emerge from a crowded primary field, should one materialize.
DeSantis outlined his vision and first-term accomplishments during a brief victory speech on Election Night. In part, he said:
Florida was a refuge of sanity when the world went mad. We stood as a citadel of freedom for people across this country and, indeed, across the world. We faced attacks. We took the hits. We weathered the storms. But we stood our ground. We did not back down. We had the conviction to guide us, and we had the courage to lead.
We did not back down. We had the conviction to guide us and we had the courage to lead. We made promises. We made promises to the people of Florida and we have delivered on those promises. And so today, after four years, the people have delivered their verdict: freedom is here to stay.
Thanks to the overwhelming support of the people of Florida, we not only won an election, we have rewritten the political map. Thank you for honoring us with a win for the ages…