Gov. DeSantis signs two new executive orders

One executive order directs the Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) and other executive agencies to improve the Reemployment Assistance Program.

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  • | 7:15 p.m. April 2, 2020
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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed two executive orders Wednesday, April 1, in response to the coronavirus and its affects on the state.

Executive Order 20-93

The first executive order deals with the Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) and its Reemployment Assistance Program, which is currently under stress due to an influx of Floridians seeking assistance. 

In Executive Order 20-93, Gov. DeSantis stated that in addition to the internet and telephonic reemployment applications, that the DEO will pursue “new or alternative forms and methods for receiving applications, including making paper applications readily available on (the) DEO’s website and throughout the state at each of the 24 Local Workforce Development Boards.”

Along with the DEO, CareerSource Florida and the Local Workforce Development Boards will be asked to assist in the dissemination and collection of physical applications and calls. The DEO was also asked to find a third-party company to assist with collecting physical applications and delivering them to the DEO, the order stated.

Lastly, the executive order states that the DEO must immediately obtain additional capacity, software, technology and/or other resources as needed in order to deal with the increasing volume of applications and queries.


Executive Order 20-94

With his second executive order, Gov. DeSantis took aim at providing targeted, temporary relief from certain mortgage foreclosures and evictions.

The executive order itself does two things.

First it suspends and tolls “any statute providing for a mortgage foreclosure cause of action under Florida law for 45 days from the date of (the) Executive Order, including any extensions.” Secondly it suspends any statute “providing for an eviction cause of action under Florida law solely as it relates to non-payment of rent by residential tenants due to the COVID-19 emergency for 45 days from the date of (the) Executive Order, including any extensions.”

The executive order ends by stating that neither aspect — regarding both mortgage foreclosures or evictions — relieves individuals from making mortgage payments or rent payments.


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