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Majority Office — Press Release


July 30, 2021

CONTACT: Kinley Morgan, (850) 487-5184

Statement from Senate Majority Leader Debbie Mayfield on Governor’s Executive Action to Safeguard Parental Rights

Tallahassee —

Florida Senate Majority (Republican) Leader Debbie Mayfield (R-Melbourne) today released the following statement in support of executive action announced by Governor DeSantis earlier today. Joined by concerned parents and teachers, Governor DeSantis announced plans to issue an executive order directing the Department of Education and the Department of Health to issue emergency rules with the goal of affirming the right of parents to decide whether or not their children will wear face masks when the new school year begins next month.

“I fully support the Governor’s plan to take executive action that will ensure parents have the final decision about whether or not their children wear masks in school. My colleagues and I have heard from constituents across the state who are concerned about the possibility that their children would be required to wear masks when they return to school next month. Parents have not only the right, but the responsibility to be involved in these decisions. The Governor did the right thing by getting out in front of this issue before the start of the school year. He is alleviating any confusion and making it clear that parents will have the final say.”