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DeSantis vetoes social media ban for kids, with replacement expected

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — For Florida’s ban on social media for kids under 16, it’s back to the drawing board.

Gov. Ron DeSantis vetoed House Bill 1 on Friday, and lawmakers are expected to take up a new, toned-down version on Monday in the final week of the legislative session.

The veto was widely expected. Lawmakers passed the legislation last week despite DeSantis’ concerns about banning kids from social media with no option for parents to override it.

Since then, House Speaker Paul Renner, R-Palm Coast, has been negotiating with DeSantis on a compromise bill. The new legislation, House Bill 3, has not yet been released, but it’s expected to appease the governor’s concerns.

—Tampa Bay Times


‘We are in a different place’: CDC lifts isolation guidelines for COVID

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention officials announced Friday new guidelines for people with COVID-19, recommending those with the virus treat it the same as the flu and RSV — staying home while they have symptoms and fever.

The guidelines eliminate earlier recommendations for five days of isolation and testing for COVID, marking a new approach for the federal health agency. They said the new guidelines are intended to make it easier for people to know how to protect others and take into account that people may not know which virus they have.

“We are in a different situation with the level of protection we have against the virus and the prevention steps we know work to protect ourselves and others,” said CDC Director Dr. Mandy Cohen in announcing the changes at a press conference Friday.


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