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Gov. DeSantis signs HB 1571 to prevent pickets, protests outside of private residences

FILE - Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks during a news conference, Feb. 1, 2022, in Miami.
FILE - Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks during a news conference, Feb. 1, 2022, in Miami.(AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell, file)
Published: May. 16, 2022 at 4:53 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE Fla. (WWSB) - Gov. Ron DeSantis signed HB 1571 into law Monday. The law prohibits picketing and protesting outside of a person’s place of residence.

Once this law takes effect, law enforcement officers will provide a warning to any person picketing or protesting outside of a dwelling and will make arrests for residential picketing only if the person does not peaceably disperse after the warning. Residential picketing will be punishable as a second-degree misdemeanor.

“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,” said the governor. “This bill will provide protection to those living in residential communities and I am glad to sign it into law.”

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