Gov. DeSantis signs bills ‘honoring victims of communism’ in Miami

Bills rename roads, change school curriculum

Gov. Ron DeSantis holds news conference in Miami. (WPLG)

MIAMI, Fla. – Gov. Ron DeSantis held a news conference in Miami Monday, signing two bills he said would honor the “victims of communism.”

The governor was joined by Lt. Gov. Jeanette Nuñez and Sen. Manny Diaz for the news conference at Freedom Tower.

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During the event, DeSantis signed two bills, House Bill 395 and Senate Bill 160.

HB-395 proclaims Nov. 7 as “Victims of Communism Day” and sets new social studies standards for how Communism is taught in schools.

“This legislation will make sure that our students and people throughout the state of Florida are reminded about the atrocities committed (communist leaders),” DeSantis said.

SB-160 makes 26 road designations across the state, “including three honoring brave Cubans who have fought against the Castro regime,” DeSantis said.

The news conference comes days after DeSantis signed a tax relief bill into law.

“The legislature put together a number of proposals and ended up putting in a really significant thing — so, the tax relief you’re going to see (are) breaks for really critical needs like gas, diapers, disaster supplies, tools for skilled trades, recreational activities, you name it, and so families are going to be able to save for things that really matter for them,” DeSantis said.

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Thomas Mates is a digital storyteller for News 6 and He also produces the podcast Florida Foodie. Thomas is originally from Northeastern Pennsylvania and worked in Portland, Oregon before moving to Central Florida in August 2018. He graduated from Temple University with a degree in Journalism in 2010.