Governor DeSantis signs legislation that is aimed squarely at China.
This, and other legislation that the Governor has supported, is a window into Ron DeSantis’ positions on foreign diplomacy and many other issues. If he should become a candidate for President in 2024, it won’t be hard to know where he stands.
Governor Ron DeSantis Signs Groundbreaking Legislation to Combat Theft of Florida’s Intellectual Property by Foreign Countries
MIAMI – Today, Governor Ron DeSantis signed HB 7017 and HB 1523 — groundbreaking legislation that will protect Florida’s higher education institutions and government from foreign influence and combat corporate espionage, keeping Florida’s intellectual property safe within the state’s boundaries.
“Make no mistake — China is a hostile foreign power, and every Governor has the responsibility to protect their education system, and every other entity within their purview, from the espionage and commercial theft undertaken by the Chinese Communist Party,” said Governor DeSantis. “While China remains the biggest threat, numerous countries are working to infiltrate our state and nation. By signing these bills today, we are taking action to ensure foreign adversaries will not have unfettered access to our schools, government, and companies. I want to thank Speaker Sprowls, President Simpson, Representatives Grall and Beltran, and Senators Diaz and Bradley for their hard work on these bills to protect Florida from these threats.”
“Florida is, yet again, proactively taking measures to safeguard our constituents, property, and public institutions,” said Lieutenant Governor Jeanette Nuñez. “I applaud Governor DeSantis for signing the Combatting Corporate Espionage in Florida Act and Foreign Influence. These two bills put an end to foreign bad actors from infiltrating our state and hold criminals liable who actively steal our trade secrets and intellectual property.”