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Minority Office — Press Release


October 21, 2021

CONTACT: Cathy Schroeder, (850) 487-5833

Leader Book, Senators Berman, Cruz, Pizzo, and Powell Respond to Governor’s Outrageous Call for a Special Session

Tallahassee —

In what is a clear attack on Florida businesses and local leaders who have taken steps to protect Floridians, Governor DeSantis has threatened legislators with a special session to override the will of the people. As legislators, we are charged with a duty to protect the health and well-being of our residents and denying businesses the freedom to decide the best protocols is outrageous and out of line with our American values.

The Governor’s threat will cost taxpayers over $72,000 for each day of a Special Session, likely totaling nearly $1 million once all is said and done. As the Governor continues to politicize public health by dragging the Florida Legislature into his partisan fight against science and the Biden administration, Senate Democrats will continue to stand up for the values, principles and policies that ensure Floridians can live freely and safely from government overreach.

Leader Lauren Book, Democratic Caucus 

Senator Bobby Powell, Democratic Caucus Leader Pro Tempore

Senator Jason W.B. Pizzo, Caucus Policy Chair

Senator Lori Berman, Caucus Rules Chair

Senator Janet Cruz, Caucus Fiscal Policy Chair