Florida Republican Governor Ron DeSantis signed two bills into law on Monday that largely were crafted with the intent of taking action against communist China while Democrat President Joe Biden has been at best so-so when it comes to confronting America’s largest enemy.
DeSantis signed two bills at a press conference at Monday that aimed to stop the spread of foreign influence in the state and to strengthen penalties against those convicted of espionage. DeSantis also gave a fiery speech, which is featured later on in this report, where he lambasted China and called them an “adversary,” something Biden has refused to do.
The first bill, HB 7017, specifically mentions China while the second bill, HB 1523 (Combatting Corporate Espionage in Florida Act), does not. However, DeSantis repeatedly gave examples that specifically referred to China while he was discussing the need for HB 1523.
Highlights of HB 7017 include:
Strengthens foreign financial connection vetting and disclosure requirements for entities seeking tax-payer funded grants