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Bill in Florida May require bloggers writing about Ron DeSantis register with the state or be fined


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A new bill introduced in Florida would require any blogger who writes about Gov. Ron DeSantis to register with the state. 

The bill was introduced in the Florida Senate on February 28 by GOP lawmaker Jason Brodeur. S.B. 1316 would require any blogger who writes about DeSantis — and is paid for their work — to register with the state ethics commission or the Florida Office of Legislative Services. They must do so within five days of their first post. Bloggers would also be required to register with the state if they write anything about Florida's lieutenant governor, a cabinet officer, or any member of the Florida legislature, per the bill. S.B. 1316 would mandate that bloggers submit monthly reports about their work if they write about elected officials, including how much payment they received for their articles, rounded to the nearest $10, and the name of the "individual or entity" who paid them.

The proposed legislation has not yet been put to a vote. It's unclear if DeSantis personally supports Brodeur's bill. Brodeur told the website Florida Politics that he believes "paid bloggers are lobbyists who write instead of talk."  Ron Kuby, a lawyer in New York specializing in free speech, told NBC News that Brodeur's proposal would violate the First Amendment. "We don't register journalists. People who write cannot be forced to register," Kuby told NBC News. The suggestion that more restrictions be placed on people writing about DeSantis stands in direct contrast to the governor's messaging that Florida should have as much freedom as possible. In July, Insider saw a fundraising page from DeSantis where he was selling a gold "Freedom Team Membership Card." 

 

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He's going down for this one.  No reasonable excuse for making what could be construed to be an enemies watch list.  Frankly, while I like much of what he has accomplished in FL, I thought he had better political instincts than to run against Trump.  He may regret it.

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8 minutes ago, and-then said:

He's going down for this one.  No reasonable excuse for making what could be construed to be an enemies watch list.  Frankly, while I like much of what he has accomplished in FL, I thought he had better political instincts than to run against Trump.  He may regret it.

It’s an obvious violation of the 1st amendment, even if it were to pass the Supreme Court would over ride this nonsense immediately! I am still considering voting for this guy, but stupid crap like this makes me wonder if he is playing with a full deck. Another thing that was kind of confusing about him, was his military service. He did serve honorably as a Navy Officer in the Legal Services Department, but unlike what others have been saying here he was not a Navy Seal. Although, he was assigned to Seal Team 1 as a legal adviser to Team 1 commander and he did deploy with them to Iraq 2007-2008. His mission was the legal advisor to the commander of Seal Team 1 on the treatment and disposition of over 100 Iraqi prisoners that Team 1 captured. His highest award was the Bronze Star medal for meritorious service.

I do like the fact that he has a military background, it appears he proudly served our Nation. Which certainly can’t be said for other Presidential candidates who are running in 2024!:tu:

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