DeSantis signs legislation limiting vaccine mandates in Brandon, Florida.

Governor of Florida Ron DeSantisRon DeSantis Florida Republicans vote to limit DeSantis vaccination mandates to offer new correctional officers a bonus of up to 000 The Memo: The Abbott vs. O’Rourke will echo across the country MORE (R) signed legislation aimed at curbing vaccine mandates for various employee groups Thursday in Brandon, Florida, a nod to the conservatives’ anti-Biden catchphrase “Let’s go Brandon.”

Legislation prohibits private companies in the state from enforcing a vaccine mandate unless they grant certain exemptions, including for religious or health reasons or for prior recovery from COVID-19. Employees could also be exempt from the requirement if they choose to wear personal protective equipment or undergo periodic COVID-19 testing.

The legislation also prohibits educational or government institutions from enforcing vaccine mandates.

Private employers who ignore the legislation can face fines. Small businesses, those with 99 or fewer workers, could be fined $ 10,000 for each violation, while larger businesses could be fined $ 50,000 for the same.

“There are times when you need to stand up and make your voice heard, and we had the ability to do that,” DeSantis said during a news conference.

“At the end of the day, no one in Florida should lose their job to these hits. We want people to be able to work, we want people to be able to support their families. We want people to be able to have a livelihood, and that is how it will be in this state, “he added.

The place where DeSantis chose to sign the legislation – Brandon, Florida – alluded to the phrase “Come on Brandon,” which conservatives have popularized as a coded insult to President BidenJoe Biden Florida Republicans Vote To Limit Vaccine Mandates Bill Honoring 13 Service Members Killed In Afghanistan Heads To Biden’s Desk Overnight Defense And Homeland Security – Presented By Boeing – Pentagon Promises More Transparency In air strikes MORE.

The phrase first became popular after a NASCAR race in October where a reporter misinterpreted the crowd chants of “F — Joe Biden,” saying, “How can you hear the crowd chants, ‘Come on Brandon ‘”.

In September, the Biden administration announced the launch of a new vaccines mandate for private companies with 100 or more employees, which was then scheduled to take effect on January 4, 2022. Following a multi-state lawsuit led by the Attorney General of Texas Ken Paxton (R), a federal appeals court issued a suspension of the mandate, and claimed the suspension last week.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), which developed the mandate, suspended its application on Friday in response to the court ruling.

Florida has also filed a lawsuit challenging the mandate, as well as another vaccination mandate from the Biden administration for federal contractors.

The Hill has reached out to the DeSantis office for further comment.

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