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Florida House And Senate Approve Emergency Management Bill

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The measure allows the governor to override local orders during a health crisis and puts a permanent ban on vaccine "passports."

Florida lawmakers approved an emergency management bill that puts a permanent ban on so-called vaccine "passports" as the legislative session closed last week.

The bill prohibits businesses, schools and government agencies from requiring people to show documentation that proves they received a COVID-19 vaccination.

It also allows the governor to override local orders during a health crisis, and places time limits on some emergency orders.

As it stands, state and local orders for public health emergencies can last up to seven days and extend indefinitely in seven-day increments. The measure would cap the maximum extension at 42 days.

The limitation doesn’t apply to hurricanes or weather-related emergencies, according to Sen. Danny Burgess, who sponsored the bill.

Gov. Ron DeSantis is expected to sign the bill into law.

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