DeSantis pardons residents fined or arrested for mask violations


The Florida state clemency board on Wednesday voted to pardon all Florida residents who were arrested or fined for violating mask mandates imposed by local governments.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) last month signed an executive order that said he would pardon any individuals who violated mask mandates.

The order granted a 60-day reprieve to anyone who faced charges or was convicted of nonviolent offenses for breaching local COVID-19 restrictions.

The state’s Board of Clemency, in a 3-1 vote, acted on the order on Wednesday, granting pardons to all Floridians who violated the local mask requirements.

“This action is necessary so that we can recover, have a good transition to normal operations, and also just a recognition that a lot of this stuff was way, way overboard,” DeSantis said, according to CBS 4 Miami.

It was not immediately clear how many Floridians will be affected by the widespread pardons.

The Hill reached out to DeSantis’ office for additional information.

Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried (D) was the only representative of the Board of Executive Clemency to oppose the pardons, according to CBS 4 Miami.

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