This bill has advanced to the full Florida House Judiciary. Please contact the Representatives on the committee (see attached document for contact information)
HB 1 Combating Public Disorder was initially conceptualized by Gov. DeSantis as a backlash to Black Lives Matter (BLM) protests during the summer, even though these protests remained mostly peaceful, especially in Florida. Immediately after the deadly Capitol insurrection on Jan. 6, DeSantis rebranded the bill as necessary to fight violence associated with protests, even though he personally contributed to the "Big Lie" and growing GOP conspiracies and unrest with his encouragement for Republican State Legislatures to "provide remedies" in those states that Biden won -- i.e., override elector certifications if they felt the results were fraudulent (Nov. 5 Fox interview with Laura Ingraham). Violent behavior during public protests is already illegal under Florida law, but HB 1 would go beyond and seek to: Expand penalties against anyone affiliated with a protest that becomes "disorderly;"
Mandate that anyone arrested at a protest would be detained until their first court appearance; Protect Confederate monuments; Prevent local community decisions from modifying law enforcement activities; Provide protections for people who drive into a peaceful demonstration and "accidentally" run over a protester obstructing a public roadway. May increase prison beds within DOC and jail beds within local jurisdictions, thereby increasing costs.
Talking points courtesy of the Democratic Women's Club of Citrus County