Governor Ron DeSantis announced that all first responders in the state will receive a $1,000 bonus.
“The legislature has passed and I will, when I sign the budget, which will hopefully be relatively soon, will sign into law, $1,000 bonuses for every sworn law enforcement officer, every EMT, every firefighter, and every paramedic in the state of Florida,” DeSantis said. "Some wanted to defund police, we’re funding the police, and then some… And that’s what we came here today to say.”
DeSantis has already stirred minorities over the passing of the "Riot Law"
A social justice group filed a lawsuit against Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis over a bill creating tougher penalties for people who participate in violent protests.
Legacy Entertainment & Arts Foundation filed the lawsuit in Orlando federal court, arguing the new law violates First Amendment protections for free speech, Eighth Amendment protections against cruel and unusual punishment and 14th Amendment protections of due process.
“The breathtaking scope of the Bill includes granting civil immunity to people who drive into peaceful demonstrators if such demonstration blocks a road, prevents people accused of ‘rioting’ from bailing out of jail until after their first court appearance, increases penalties for assaulting law enforcement officers while engaging in a ‘riot,’ penalizing local governments that interfere with efforts to stop a 'riot,' and allows law enforcement agencies that face funding reductions to file objections,” the complaint stated.
Florida Republicans are continuing tighten rules on voting by mail, and Democrats and county officials responsible for running elections appear powerless to stop them.
A final Senate committee endorsed a measure that Republicans argue will make voting more secure by enacting ID requirements, restricting who can return completed ballots and placing new rules on ballot drop boxes.
Democrats say the changes will make it harder to cast ballots and cause many legitimate ballots to be rejected.
Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a bill to create tougher penalties for people who participate in violent protests.
The anti-riot bill was a response to protests around the country, and the bill was signed by DeSantis.
“I don’t know what’s going to happen, but I can tell you that case was bungled by the attorney general there in Minnesota. They didn’t handle it properly, so there may be some people disappointed,” DeSantis said.
The bill increases criminal penalties for assaulting law enforcement while engaging in a "riot" and defacing monuments and other public property during riots. It penalizes local governments that interfere with law enforcement efforts to contain riots and sets up a citizen's appeal process when cities and counties try to reduce police budgets in response to riots.
The vote in the Senate was 23-17, with one Republican voting with Democrats. The bill would create a effect on First Amendment rights and restrict political dissent.
"This legislation strikes the appropriate balance of safeguarding every Floridian's constitutional right to peacefully assemble, while ensuring that those who hide behind peaceful protest to cause violence in our communities will be punished," DeSantis said in a statement. "Further, this legislation ensures that no community in the state engages in defunding of their police."
In addition to Florida, Arizona, Indiana, Maryland, Minnesota, Mississippi, Nebraska, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, Virginia and Washington filed bills that used the violence at the Capitol to target social justice protests more broadly.
The bills in Florida, Indiana, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Virginia and Washington would redefine a riot or an unlawful assembly as three or more people partaking in "tumultuous activity."
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