POLK COUNTY, Fla. – Gov. Ron DeSantis signed his long-promised anti-rioting legislation into law on Monday during a news briefing in Polk County.
DeSantis first announced his plan in September alongside Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd and he returned to the county for its signing.
“We put out a vision for the state to maintain being a law and order state,” DeSantis said. “We saw really unprecedented disorder and rioting throughout the summer of 2020, and we said that’s not going to happen here in the state of Florida.”
The governor touted the scope of the newly signed law.
“It is the strongest anti-rioting pro-law enforcement piece of legislation in the country. There’s just nothing even close.”
The law penalizes local governments who would look to defund their police departments and makes them liable for damage if elected leaders “tell law enforcement to stand down,” according to the governor.