Ban on protests in front of properties signed by Gov. DeSantis
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Anyone who protests in front of a personal residence in Florida can face jail time and fines underneath a invoice Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis signed Monday.
The legislation makes it a second-degree misdemeanor to protest in a manner that's geared toward deliberately harassing or disturbing someone in their dwelling. Violators face 60 days in jail and fines of up to $500.
Protesters can solely be arrested after ignoring legislation enforcement’s orders to disperse, nonetheless.
The governor said the brand new legislation will forestall protests in Florida like those waged by abortion rights protesters in front of U.S. Supreme Court justices’ properties in Virginia.
“Sending unruly mobs to private residences, like we've seen with the offended crowds in entrance of the properties of Supreme Court docket justices, is inappropriate,” DeSantis mentioned in an email to news businesses. “This bill will present safety to those living in residential communities and I am glad to sign it into legislation.”
Some Democrats opposed the bill, arguing it infringes on folks’s First Amendment rights to free speech.
The law is scheduled to take effect Oct. 1.