https://noqreport.com/2022/06/21/desantis-set-to-sign-bill-declaring-religious-services-essential/

Last Updated on June 20, 2022 Florida Governor Ron Desantis is set to sign a bill that would consider religious services to be “essential services” across the state.

The Republican Florida governor received the bill Friday after it was passed by the state legislature in January. DeSantis must act on the bill, SB 254 , before June 30th.

SB 254 would prevent the Florida government from being able to shut down religious services under most circumstances, especially under “emergency orders.” The draft legislation was introduced in the Florida legislature after houses of worship were forced to close during COVID-19 lockdowns.

Many Republicans were upset that a house of worship might be forced to shut down while liquor or marijuana stores remained open.

According to the bill’s provisions, the only way religious services can be shut down is “in an emergency order which applies uniformly to all entities in the affected jurisdiction may be applied to a religious institution if the provision is in furtherance of a compelling governmental interest and is the least restrictive means of furthering that compelling governmental interest.”

“It applies to all emergency orders that would come in. It would basically say if Publix is open, so is your place […]

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