The Republican governor's campaign said they picked the small Tampa suburb of Brandon as the place for his signing of the bill opposing White House vaccine mandates Thursday, trolling President Joe Biden by referring to what has become a popular stand-in for swearing at the president.
The "Let's Go Brandon" line has grown in popularity among Republicans who want to boost their credentials among the party's hard-core base.
The governor has become a star in the GOP through his opposition to lockdowns and other virus rules, boosting his profile as he runs for reelection and eyes a possible 2024 presidential run.
The state health department, which is led by Surgeon General Dr. Joseph Ladapo, who opposes mandates, will be tasked with defining standards for the exemptions.
"It's your body. God gave it to you. It's your body," Ladapo said Thursday, followed by a round of applause from the crowd in Brandon.
The measure also includes fines for businesses that fire a worker without allowing the exemptions. Additionally, it bars schools and governments in the state from having vaccine mandates and allows parents to sue schools with masking requirements. Another bill blocks the public release of records regarding state investigations of vaccine policies in businesses.
Below is a breakdown from the governor's office of how the new law with affect businesses and schools:
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