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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis Won't Allow Cities to Charge Mask Scoffers

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Florida’s Republican Governor Ron DeSantis says he will not allow any city or county officials in his state to charge and convict citizens for refusing to wear masks and for ignoring “social distancing” rules.

DeSantis told Fox News host Laura Ingraham that punishing people for defying COVID-19 mandates is a “total overreach” of government officials.

“It’s a total overreach,” he said. “These things with health should be advisory, they should not be punitive.”

DeSantis also told business owners Mike and Jillian Carnevale that he was vacating their convictions after Broward County officials arrested them for refusing to force employees and customers to wear masks.

“I’m glad you have Mike and Jillian on, and I’m also glad to be on to be able to say that effective tomorrow morning, I’m going to sign a reprieve under my constitutional authority,” DeSantis said. “So that will delay the case for 60 days against both of them, and then when our clemency board meets in the coming weeks, we’ll issue pardons not only for Mike and Jillian, but for any Floridian that may have outstanding infractions for things like masks and social distancing.”

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DeSantis was also the first governor to put an end to the stat’s coronavirus orders.

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Warner Todd Huston has been writing editorials and news since 2001 but started his writing career penning articles about U.S. history back in the early 1990s. Huston has appeared on Fox News, Fox Business Network, CNN, and several local Chicago News programs to discuss the issues of the day. Additionally, he is a regular guest on radio programs from coast to coast. Huston has also been a Breitbart News contributor since 2009. Warner works out of the Chicago area, a place he calls a "target rich environment" for political news.