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Florida governor to preempt local restaurant pandemic rules and wants a student ‘bill of rights'

Added 09-25-20 05:23:02pm EST - “Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis appears to be angling for the eat, drink and be merry vote with Thursday announcements that the state will preempt local governments from imposing pandemic restrictions on restaurants and he will propose…” - Washingtonexaminer.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Washingtonexaminer.com: “Florida governor to preempt local restaurant pandemic rules and wants a student ‘bill of rights’”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis appears to be angling for the eat, drink and be merry vote with Thursday announcements that the state will preempt local governments from imposing pandemic restrictions on restaurants and he will propose a bill of rights for college students to party.

“I understand universities are trying to do the right thing,” DeSantis said during a two-hour Tallahassee roundtable, referencing crackdowns on social gatherings at universities where COVID-19 infections are spiking since campuses reopened last month. “But I personally think it’s dramatically draconian that a student could get potentially expelled for going to a party. That’s what college kids do, and they’re at low-risk, and I just think we’ve got to be reasonable about this and really focus on where the most significant risk is.”

Among notable incidents, 11 Florida State University students were arrested and suspended after attending a party without face masks in August.

“I will give our universities credit. They have not gone way overboard the way some of these others throughout the rest of the country” have, he said. “I mean some of these stories are just absolutely horrible. And just if I were a parent, you know, to have a student treated the way some of those colleges in other parts of the country have treated them, I would be none too happy on that.”

The governor did not detail what his student bill of rights would include during the roundtable, most of which discussed restaurants.

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