Ron DeSantis wants Legislature to curtail emergency powers of local governments

Ron DeSantis wants Legislature to curtail emergency powers of local governments

Governor Ron DeSantis wants state lawmakers to help restore life in Florida to normal, including restricting the ability of cities and counties to place closures on residents.

Florida may be open at the state level, but many local ordinances aimed at mitigating COVID-19 outbreaks remain in place. Speaking from Hialeah in Miami-Dade County, DeSantis expressed his frustrations with the lockdowns after being asked about the county’s nighttime curfew at midnight.

State lawmakers, including Republican Senator Hialeah Manny Díaz, will examine the pandemic powers of local governments, the governor said. Lawmakers should consider “moving on” with some of the emergency ordinances at the local level.

“I think if a local government wants to do it, I think there absolutely has to be a time limit and that should require some sort of legislative sanction,” DeSantis said.

The legislature has the power to “end” the governor’s actions, he said, but lawmakers did not do so because it was “wise”.

“We were really using our authority to uplift people rather than lock them up,” DeSantis said.

Some Republicans, including St. Petersburg Senator Jeff Brandes, want …

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