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Earlier this week, Governor Ron DeSantis announced in a press conference that Florida is leading 20 other states in a lawsuit against the Biden Administration’s mask mandates in transportation.

The 20 states are Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Utah, Virginia, and West Virginia.

In Desantis’ first announcement, he stated that “unfortunately, there hasn’t really been successful legal challenges to this,” while referring to the federal mask mandate. 

“But we need to let people live their life. Obviously in Florida, where we have control, we do that,” he continued.

“And in this federal mandate for air travel, I think as good as we’ve done on domestic tourism and we’re the number one state people seem to want to come to, I think more people would want to fly if they did not have to have that [mask] for two hours,” he added.

“It’s amazing that this has gone on for as long as it has,” he concluded before allowing the Florida Attorney General, Ashley Moody, to speak on the lawsuit.

Moody said, “This order is completely outside the bounds of federal power. We have argued successfully in numerous other cases.”

“Now we are seeing that almost 75% of these unruly, sometimes violent incidents, are based on this unlawful mask mandate,” she continued.

“Not many people don’t realize that this unlawful order carries with it not just civil penalties but criminal penalties,” she added.  

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“It’s long past time to alleviate some of the pressure on travelers and those working in the travel industry by immediately ending Biden’s unlawful public transportation mandates.”

In DeSantis’ second announcement, he said, “prior to coming into this press conference, I officially vetoed the congressional redistricting map, as I said that I would.”

“The approach that the legislature took was defective in there, I guess, understandable zeal to try to comply with what they believe the Florida constitution was required. They forgot to make sure what they were doing complied with the 14th amendment of the U.S. Constitution,” he continued.

“Later this afternoon I will be issuing a proclamation to do a special legislative session, that is going to be in the middle of April.”  

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