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Florida judge hears challenge of governor's mask-mandate ban

Posted at 2:01 PM, Aug 13, 2021
and last updated 2021-08-13 15:00:51-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — Gov. Ron DeSantis' ban on school mask requirements is being challenged in a Tallahassee courtroom.

Leon County Circuit Judge John Cooper is hearing a lawsuit Friday afternoon.

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Parents from several large school districts want the governor's prohibition on mandatory masking lifted as children across Florida return to school.

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LCS implemented mandatory masks for children on campus with an opt-out option.

DeSantis said parents should decide whether their children will wear masks in classrooms.

A plaintiff's attorney, Charles Gallagher, estimates a trial would last no longer than two days.

Judge Cooper said he would expedite the case. Lawyers on both sides said they could have documents to him immediately.

Both lawyers told Judge Cooper they could have arguments ready by Thursday a 2 p.m. With that in mind, Cooper said he would be ready to rule on Thursday.

Judge Copper granted three days for a hearing, assuming "all hurdles are cleared in front of us."