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Gov. Ron DeSantis, R-Fla., announced on Tuesday that the State of Florida is filing a lawsuit against the Biden administration over federal ongoing coronavirus restrictions.
Florida joins 20 other states that have filed legal action against the federal government’s mask requirement for airports, planes, trains, and other forms of public transportation.
Attorney General Ashley Moody filed the case with the United States District Court in Tampa, Florida. Moody and other attorney generals argue that the CDC is out of its jurisdiction by interfering with state laws that prohibit forced masking.
The Biden administration enacted the unlawful order over a year ago with an expiration date of March 18. However, it extended the rule until the middle of April.
“If politicians and celebrities can attend the Super Bowl unmasked, every U.S. citizen should have the right to fly unmasked,” said DeSantis.
The governor has been quick to call out the hypocrisy of the Biden administration regarding coronavirus. In his opinion, “it is well past time to get rid of this unnecessary mandate and to get back to normal life.”
The legal challenge comes days after ten major airline companies requested the Biden administration to repeal the outdated mask mandates. “It makes no sense that people are still required to wear masks on airplanes, yet are allowed to congregate in crowded restaurants, schools, and sporting events without masks,” the letter states.
“Florida has led the nation in standing up to misguided federal government policies and fighting back against heavy-handed mandates that have no scientific backing,” stated the governor.
DeSantis and Moody are a beacon of hope for other red states in legal contention with the Biden administration. For example, the Eleventh Circuit Court sided with the State of Florida over the CDC’s “No-Sail Orders,” freeing the cruise line industry to resume operations without adhering to the federal government’s unconstitutional mandates.
Although not guaranteed to repeat itself, history does provide optimism for another victory for Florida.