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  • Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis announced on Sunday his intention to sign legislation that would give a $5,000 bonus to police officers around the country who relocate to Florida to work.
  • "So NYPD, Minneapolis, Seattle, if you're not being treated well, we'll treat you better here. You can fill important needs for us and we will compensate you as a result," DeSantis said.
  • DeSantis, who has been a vocal opponent of vaccine and mask mandates, said last week he plans to call a special legislative session to work on adding protections for his state residents against federal COVID-19 policies.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) announced on Sunday his intention to sign legislation that would give a $5,000 bonus to police officers around the country who relocate to Florida to work in the state. 

“We’re actually actively working to recruit out-of-state law enforcement, because we do have needs in our police and our sheriff’s departments,” DeSantis told Fox News on Sunday

"In the next legislative session I'm going to hopefully sign legislation that gives a $5,000 bonus to any out-of-state law enforcement that relocates in Florida," DeSantis continued. 

"So NYPD, Minneapolis, Seattle, if you're not being treated well, we'll treat you better here. You can fill important needs for us and we will compensate you as a result," DeSantis said, referring to law enforcement jobs that were potentially jeopardized by vaccine mandates. 


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DeSantis, who has been a vocal opponent of vaccine and mask mandates, said last week he plans to call a special legislative session to work on adding protections for his state residents against federal COVID-19 policies. 

"We're going to have a special session and we're going to say nobody should lose their job based off these injections. It's a choice you can make but we want to make sure we are protecting your jobs and your livelihood," DeSantis said, per CNN.

DeSantis’ administration previously fined Leon County $3.5 million for allegedly violating a ban on COVID-19 vaccine passports and for firing workers who did not get vaccinated.

“These are people that, presumably, have been serving throughout this whole time and now all of a sudden they’re basically getting kicked to the curb,” DeSantis said at a news conference at the time. 

The Orlando Sentinel reported earlier in October that the state was investigating around 120 potential mandate ban violations. 

Changing America has reached out to the governor’s office. 


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Published on Oct 25, 2021