Does DeSantis think he’s some kind of “god” now? Somebody sound like they’re getting a bit too big for their britches. This new “blogger bill” is a real humdinger. I’d like to think he knows nothing about it, but we all know that’s not the case. His lackeys in the Florida legislature are trying to ram this through, at the same time, they’re also trying to change the existing laws, so DeSantis can run against Trump in 2024. It’s a wonder with all this work the Florida lawmakers are doing for DeSantis, if they have any time to actually work for the good people of Florida?
Florida Sen. Jason Brodeur (R-Lake Mary) wants bloggers who write about Gov. Ron DeSantis, Attorney General Ashley Moody, and other members of the Florida executive cabinet or legislature to register with the state or face fines.
Brodeur’s proposal, Senate Bill 1316: Information Dissemination, would require any blogger writing about government officials to register with the Florida Office of Legislative Services or the Commission on Ethics.
In the bill, Brodeur wrote that those who write “an article, a story, or a series of stories,” about “the Governor, the Lieutenant Governor, a Cabinet officer, or any member of the Legislature,” and receives or will receive payment for doing so, must register with state offices within five days after the publication of an article that mentions an elected state official.
If another blog post is added to a blog, the blogger would then be required to submit monthly reports on the 10th of each month with the appropriate state office. They would not have to submit a report on months when no content is published.
For blog posts that “concern an elected member of the legislature” or “an officer of the executive branch,” monthly reports must disclose the amount of compensation received for the coverage, rounded to the nearest $10 value.
If compensation is paid for a series of posts or for a specific amount of time, the blogger would be required to disclose the total amount to be received, upon publication of the first post in said series or timeframe.
I am sorry, but this is just insanity, and if a Dem was proposing this, we’d all be screaming from the rooftops. Clearly, this is being done to monitor anything and everything that is said about DeSantis and I am sure they will silence anybody who isn’t toeing the line.
I am sorry, but this man is out of control. Who needs Dems to control speech, we you have “DeSantis 2024” on the case?