By Laurie Ulrop, DWC Legislative Liaison and Charlotte Dems contributing writer
HB 1 Combating Public Disorder passed all of its House committees and is now awaiting a vote on the House floor, possibly by the end of this week. Please OPPOSE this bill today by contacting your local House Representative Michael Grant, (R) via Email: [email protected] and/or call: 850-717-5075.
This may be the first time that local Representatives have the opportunity to vote on this bill and they need to hear from all of us.
We previously provided some talking points that are still relevant today, so we have included them again below:
- 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.
- Violent behavior during public protests is already illegal under Florida law, but HB 1 would go beyond and seek to:
o Expand penalties against anyone affiliated with a protest that becomes “disorderly;”
o Mandate that anyone arrested at a protest would be detained until their first court appearance;
o Protect Confederate monuments;
o Prevent local community decisions from modifying law enforcement activities; and
o Provide protections for people who drive into a peaceful demonstration and “accidentally” run over a protester obstructing a public roadway.
According to the most recent Florida House Staff Analysis, this bill may have a negative fiscal impact on the Florida Department of Corrections and local governments due to:
- The creation of new felony offenses relating to public disorder that will require more prison beds, and
- The creation of new misdemeanor offenses that will require more jail beds for those arrested and held over until their first appearance hearings.
Please contact your State Representative Michael Grant (R) today!
Email: [email protected] and Call: 850-717-5075
Source: Democratic Women’s Clubs of Florida
Legislative Liaison Committee
Jean Siebenaler, Chair