DeSantis signs anti-mandate bills into law but they conflict with federal COVID rules
Ron DeSantis as he hands out bonuses to first responders in Surfside, Florida during a press conference in Surfside on Tuesday, August 10, 2021. - Pedro Portal/Miami Herald/TNS

TAMPA, Fla. — Wasting little time, Gov. Ron DeSantis on Thursday signed into law four bills that offset federal mask and vaccine mandates less than 12 hours after state lawmakers passed the legislation along mostly party lines. Claiming he was upholding the rights of Floridians to choose whether or not to be vaccinated, DeSantis said he was signing the strongest legislation yet that blunts a federal mandate on employer vaccine requirements. “We’re proud of leading. We’re proud of standing up for people’s rights,” DeSantis said before a raucous crowd at Brandon Honda. “I think Brandon’s a great...