New Florida law bans protests outside private homes

Tampa, Fla. (WFLA) – Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed House Bill 1571 into law on Monday, ending the ability of protesters to protest outside their homes.

According to a statement by the governor’s office, the bill “would issue a warning” to scavengers and protesters outside the home. Arrest will be made “only if the person does not disperse peacefully after warning.” The charge would be a second degree misdemeanor.

In the statement sent out, DeSantis focused on how it would affect protests, such as recent actions outside the homes of US Supreme Court Justices following a leak. The draft, which signals the end of Roe sue Wade and federal abortion protections, was first viewed time on May 2.

“Sending unruly mobs to private residences, as we have seen with angry mobs in front of the homes of Supreme Court justices, is inappropriate,” DeSantis said in a statement. “This measure will provide protections for people living in these communities and I am pleased to be signed into law.”

While the SCOTUS leak and subsequent protests are a more recent example, Florida lawmakers cited “targeted protests” at the homes of US Senators Marco Rubio and Rick Scott, both in Florida, as well as the home scavengers of a school in Brevard County. The official has faced protests due to her masked position in relation to COVID-19.

State Senator Keith Perry, the bill’s sponsor, has previously said there should be a distinction between housing – which the bill defines as a residence – and public spaces during protests.

In legislative testimony at hearings considering the bill’s language during the 2022 legislative session, Lieutenant Mike Crabb of the Orange County Sheriff’s Office told lawmakers the law would have a line. in the sand during protests at private homes. Crabb also addressed protests outside Brian Laundrie’s parents’ home.

The Petito case gained national attention for several months, and the Laundrie house attracted the attention of many protesters.

“So Brian Laundrie, the killer from Southwest Florida, had days and days of protests at his home, his parents’ home,” Crabb said in February. “He is not an elected official, his parents are not an elected official but that is not true either. No matter which side you take, whether it gives you protection or not, it’s not just for an elected official.”

The new law signed by DeSantis went into effect on October 1. New Florida law bans protests outside private homes

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