And in Florida, the Department of Education tells schools that Gov. Ron DeSantis’ orders aimed at rolling back local coronavirus protections don’t apply to them.
AP: Bill Trimming Emergency Powers Heads To Governor’s Desk
Legislation that curbs [Idaho] Republican Gov. Brad Little’s authority during declared emergencies such as the coronavirus pandemic is headed to the governor’s desk. The Senate on Wednesday voted 28-7 to pass the bill that’s a reworked version of previous legislation Little vetoed. Shortly after, the House passed the bill on a 48-8 vote. The earlier version of the bill was vetoed by Little and the Senate was unable to overcome the veto. But Senate leaders said Little worked with them on the latest measure, and they anticipate his approval. (Ridler, 5/6)
Health News Florida: DeSantis’ COVID-19 Executive Orders Do Not Affect Schools
The Florida Department of Education advised school districts they won’t be affected by two executive orders that Gov. Ron DeSantis issued Monday to block local governments’ COVID-19 emergency orders. Executive Order 21-101, effective July 1, mandates that “any emergency order issued by a political subdivision due to the COVID-19 emergency which restricts the rights or liberties of individuals or their businesses is invalidated.” (5/5)
South Florida Sun Sentinel: Don’t Pitch Your Mask, Yet. You’ll Still Need It In Most Places
Supermarkets, schools, big-box stores, airports, malls and stadiums will require people to wear masks even though the governor has declared that Florida no longer faces a coronavirus emergency. Gov. Ron DeSantis this week wiped away COVID-19 orders that cities and counties had put in place for safety, but many businesses say they won’t bend their policies. They’re still able to require masks, just like they