FL Bill Requires Political Bloggers To Register With State

Tampa’s NBC affiliate reports:

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.

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.

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Brodeur first appeared on JMG in 2011 when as a member of the Florida House he introduced a bill that made it a crime for doctors to ask potentially mentally ill patients if they owned guns. Brodeur was elected to the Florida Senate in November 2022 after a “ghost candidate” siphoned votes away from a challenger with a similar name. Brodeur was accused of planting the fake candidate by imprisoned Matt Gaetz crony Joel Greenberg.