Gov. DeSantis signs 2 bills to prevent interference with law enforcement

Writer: Nicholas Karsen
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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signing House Bill 601 and Senate Bill 184 into law. Credit: Ron DeSantis

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis spoke about supporting and maintaining Florida law enforcement while visiting St. Augustine.

To entice and maintain law enforcement, DeSantis signed a bill allowing a $5,000 sign-on bonus.

He stated that $32 million has been distributed for the sign-on bonus program.

DeSantis then mentioned passing a policy to prevent local government from defunding county sheriff’s offices.

DeSantis then announced the signing of several bills, including Senate Bill 184 and House Bill 601.

Senate Bill 184 will prohibit a person, after receiving a warning not to approach from a first responder who is engaged in the lawful performance of a legal duty, from violating such warning and approaching or remaining within a specified distance of the first responder with specified intent.

This bill will hold pedestrians accountable for interrupting or intervening first responders from working an emergency call.

House Bill 601 will authorize county sheriffs to establish civilian oversight boards to review the policies and procedures of the sheriff’s office and its subdivisions.

This bill will prohibit local municipalities from adopting or attempting to enforce certain ordinances relating to their political agenda.

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