100+ Florida entities under review for ‘vaccination passport’ violations

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WJXT News4JAX 12 October, 2021 - 09:01am

RISHI Sunak is being urged to slash VAT on gas and ditch green levies to help Brits over the energy crisis.

Suppliers are calling on the Chancellor to end the eco taxes which add £150 a year to bills.

MPs want a temporary cut in VAT as gas prices soar to unprecedented levels.

It comes as the Treasury and the Business department bicker over how to keep factories open.

Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng is at loggerheads with Mr Sunak after suggesting he was involved in talks to help gas-reliant industries.

He told BBC1’s The Andrew Marr Show: “I’ve not asked for billions, we’ve got existing schemes.

“I’m working very closely with Rishi Sunak to get us through this situation.”

But the Treasury slapped down Mr Kwarteng, saying: “To be crystal clear the Treasury are not involved in any talks”, adding Mr Kwarteng had “made things up.”

No 10 tried to pour cold water over the row, with an insider saying: “We are all on the same page.”

Meanwhile former Tory leader Iain Duncan Smith called for tax cuts, saying: “We should do all we can to help people get through the winter and until we know where the gas price is going.”

Red Wall Tory MP Alex Stafford added: “We know people are going through tough times, and cutting tax, especially VAT, would get more money into pockets.”

Mr Kwarteng also suggested people could wrap up warmer this winter rather than use more energy.

But last night the Cabinet Office denied ministers had been told to launch a public information campaign to urge people to put on a jumper.

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Royal Caribbean on list of companies possibly under investigation for violating Florida's vaccine passport ban

Royal Caribbean Blog 12 October, 2021 - 01:30pm

Florida's Department of Health released a list of groups and companies under investigation for possibly violating Florida's ban on companies asking for proof of vaccine, and Royal Caribbean is on the list.

In May 2021, the Florida Legislature passed a new law that states all business entities “may not require patrons or customers to provide any documentation certifying COVID-19 vaccination or post-infection recovery to gain access to, entry upon, or services from the business operations in this state,” subject to the imposition of a fine not exceeding $5,000 per violation.

The list of 120 groups was released by the the Department of Health in response to a public records request by the Orlando Sentinel.

Royal Caribbean is among many other companies that made the list, including the Miami Marlins, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement’s counterterrorism squad, and AT&T.

Royal Caribbean is not the only cruise line on the list. Disney Cruise Line, Norwegian Cruise Line, and Carnival Cruise Line also made the list.

Violators could face a $5,000 per violation fine, which is enforced by Florida's Department of Health.

If a violation is issued, there is a right for a hearing before an administrative law judge.

Florida Governor's press secretary said Christina Pushaw has said the state would not enforce the law for the cruise industry until a decision is made on the injunction.

Last week, Florida announced it would appeal the decision against it in its fight with Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings (NCLH) over the vaccine passport ban.

According to court documents, Florida believes the U.S. constitution gives companies no right for private companies to refuse service to prospective customers who fail to disclose private medical documentation.

NCLH said in the court proceedings Florida's law violated its First Amendment rights and dormant Commerce Clause claims.

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