Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) is expected to sign a bill passed by the state’s legislature that declares all religious services “essential.”
Senate Bill 254 was sent to DeSantis on Friday, with signing expected by June 30, according to the governor’s office. The bill was approved in the state’s Senate in January.
“An emergency order authorized by this part may not directly or indirectly prohibit religious services or activities,” the bill’s text reads.
“However, a general provision 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 added.
The bill’s sponsor, state Sen. Jason