Mar 4, 2023
By Daisy Luther Just when you thought the world of free speech couldn't get more draconian, a bill that proves you wrong appears in the Florida Congress. Sen. Jason Brodeur (R) created a sweeping bill that would require bloggers who write about any government official to register with the state. (Okay, I'm kidding. We all knew things were going downhill and bound to get worse. This is definitely worse, though.) Here's what would happen. Bloggers must continuously update the state on how much money they made on any articles mentioning government officials. If the bill were to pass, failure to register and update the state about compensation will result in daily fines. SB:1315: Information Dissemination targets bloggers specifically. For a small, one-person blog that covers politics, the paperwork would be so onerous as to put them out of business. I guess a blogger must've written something about Sen. Brodeur and hurt his feelings enough he wrote an entire law about it.