Gov. DeSantis signs law cracking down on hate speech



Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis addresses a conference in Israel organized by The Jerusalem Post and the Simon Wiesenthal Center's Museum of Tolerance, April 27, 2023.

While Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis was in Israel, he signed a bill to strengthen Florida's ability to combat antisemitism. The bill HB 269, titled "Public Nuisances," was co-sponsored by Republican Representatives Mike Caruso and Randy Fine and makes it a felony to harass people for their religion or ethnicity. It also penalizes leaving flyers with hateful images, messages or any other 'credible threat" on a person's private property.

"We are doing what we can do in Florida to enhance the ability to hold people accountable when that really crosses the line into threatening conduct. We are figh...

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