Florida lawmakers this week moved to advance anti-rioting legislation that Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) proposed last year following the Black Lives Matter and Antifa protests that dominated several cities for months.
Republicans filed the legislation on Wednesday after the Capitol riots, which resulted in lockdowns and fatalities, including one police officer.
“In light of today’s events at our United States Capitol, we have no time to waste to uphold public safety,” DeSantis said in a statement Wednesday night.
“I look forward to working with House Speaker Sprowls and Senate President Simpson to swiftly pass this bill during the upcoming Legislative Session so that we may protect the rule of law in our great state,” he added.
DeSantis also addressed the Capitol chaos specifically, explaining that one “can be disappointed in an election, you can be disappointed in whatever, but you can’t just go in and ransack public places like that.”