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Florida judge won't dismiss lawsuit challenging governor's mask-mandate ban

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Posted at 5:22 PM, Aug 19, 2021
and last updated 2021-08-19 17:43:44-04

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

Thursday afternoon Leon County Circuit Judge John Cooper announced he is striking down a motion to dismiss the case, meaning it will move forward next week.

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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.