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January 1, Judge rules against DeSantis’ ban on school mask mandates



Leon County, Florida’s 2nd Judicial Circuit Court Judge John Cooper overturned Gov. Ron DeSantis’ ban on school mask mandates on Friday.

The judge ruled that DeSantis “did not have the authority for a blanket mandatory ban against face mask policy, that does not provide a parental opt-out. They simply do not have that authority.”

The order will take effect upon issuance of a written order, which Judge Cooper said should be completed early next week.

“I have heard significant evidence concerning the medical and scientific basis for face mask policies and I conclude this evidence demonstrates that face mask policies that follow CDC guidance at this point in time are reasonable,” he said.


Judge rules against Florida Gov. DeSantis’ ban on mask mandates in schools

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