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Florida Prohibits ‘Picketing and Protesting’ in front of Private Residences

Protests of this nature will be considered a second-degree misdemeanor, punishable under Florida Statutes with fines of up to $10,000

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Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a bill on Monday that bans “picketing and protesting” outside of private homes.

The bill HB 15-71, which was introduced in the Florida House in early January, makes it “unlawful for a person to picket or protest before or about the dwelling of any person with the intent to harass or disturb that person in his or her dwelling.”

Florida Protects Its Residents

In a statement, Governor DeSantis said that sending “unruly mobs” to private residences, “like we have seen with the angry crowds in front of the homes of Supreme Court justices,” is inappropriate conduct and should be condemned.

“This bill will provide protection to those living in residential communities and I am pleased to sign it into law,” DeSantis added.

Once this law takes effect on Oct. 1, picketing and protesting in front of private residences, in order to intimidate those who live there, will be punishable as second-degree misdemeanors. Under Florida Statutes, such offenses are punishable by up to a $10,000 fine.

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DeSantis’ office clarified that law enforcement officers will provide a warning to any person protesting outside of private residences and if the person does not respond to the authorities’ call, he or she may be arrested.

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