For Immediate Release, January 7, 2021
Jaclyn Lopez, (727) 490-9190, email@example.com
Florida Legislature Proposes to Strip First Amendment Rights of Protestors
Bills Respond to Gov. DeSantis’ Call to Curtail Free Speech, Right to Assembly
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.— Identical bills proposed by the Florida Senate and House would dramatically curtail free speech and the right to assembly and slash legal protections for protestors while increasing penalties for damaging a “memorial.”
The bills were proposed on Wednesday in response to Gov. Ron DeSantis’ call for lawmakers to limit protestors’ First Amendment rights to speech and assembly in the wake of Black Lives Matter protests.
“These shockingly un-American bills seek to unconstitutionally silence the voices of those fighting for racial justice and equality, and by extension any citizens trying to speak up for what they believe is right, from the protection of people to the protection of the environment and wildlife,” said Jaclyn Lopez, Florida director at the Center for Biological Diversity. “Floridians will not stand for this dangerous lurch toward fascism.”
Senate Bill 484, filed by newly elected Sen. Danny Burgess (R-Tampa), along with its companion bill, House Bill 1, filed by Rep. Juan Fernandez-Barquin (R-Miami), would:
The Center for Biological Diversity is a national, nonprofit conservation organization with more than 1.7 million members and online activists dedicated to the protection of endangered species and wild places.