HB 1571 comes after protests were held outside of the homes of U.S. Supreme Court justices.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on Monday, May 16, signed into a law that prohibits picketing and protesting outside of a person’s place of residence.
“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,” DeSantis said . “This bill will provide protection to those living in residential communities, and I am glad to sign it into law.”
HB 1571 cites Frisby v. Schultz, a 1998 Supreme Court case that upheld an ordinance by the town of Brookfield, Wisconsin, that prevented protest outside of a residential home. The court, in a 6-3 ruling, concluded the ordinance did not violate First Amendment rights to freedom of assembly and speech.
Once the Florida 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.
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