DeSantis: Florida Will Remain The ‘Law And Order’ State

January 27, 2023

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on Thursday announced a “law and order’ legislative proposal that he says will push back against the abolishment of cash bail, increase penalties for drug-related crimes, step up human smuggling interdictions, strengthen the punishment for child rapists, prevent the early release of sex criminals, and make it more feasible to administer ultimate justice to those facing the death penalty.

“Other states endanger their citizens by making it easier to put criminals back on the street. Here in Florida, we will to continue to support and enact policies to protect our communities and keep Floridians safe,” said DeSantis. “Florida will remain the law and order state.”

DeSantis said the legislation will bolster Florida’s blueprint for fighting crime by:

  • Reforming Florida’s death penalty statute to ensure that those convicted of the most heinous crimes are punished accordingly. Current law requires a unanimous jury recommendation to impose a death sentence. This proposal reduces the number of jurors required for a recommendation of death from unanimity to a supermajority jury recommendation.
  • Addressing the ongoing fentanyl crisis that is plaguing our country by imposing additional penalties on fentanyl and other drug-related crimes when the drug’s appearance resembles a piece of candy, including making it a first degree felony to possess, sell, or manufacture fentanyl and other controlled substances that resemble candy and adding a mandatory life sentence and $1 million penalty for trafficking such substances that target children. Additionally, Governor DeSantis is allocating $20 million in local support funding for law enforcement agencies to increase efforts to interdict and apprehend the illicit sale and trafficking of fentanyl. This builds upon last year’s increase in fentanyl trafficking mandatory minimums and will protect vulnerable children who might be deceived by what has been dubbed “rainbow fentanyl.”
  • Strengthening Florida’s bail laws by limiting who is eligible for release prior to first appearance, making sure that a judge is the ultimate decision maker when it comes to detention, and requiring a detention hearing be held prior to trial for dangerous crimes.
  • Petitioning the Florida Supreme Court to establish a uniform bond schedule that all state courts must follow.
  • Requiring convicted child rapists to serve at least life in prison and exploring options to make them eligible for the death penalty.
  • Toughening penalties for sex criminals by expanding the list of crimes ineligible for gain time by adding all inchoate offenses (attempted crimes) of sexual misconduct, such as attempted sexual battery.
  • Requiring law enforcement to report missing persons to the National Missing and Unidentified Person’s System. Currently, they are only required to report it to the Florida Crime Information Center and the National Crime Information Center.
  • Dedicating $5 million in the upcoming budget recommendations to continue the successful interdictions by the strike force announced last year. To date, these interdictions have resulted in more than 200 felony charges, nearly 40 human smuggling charges, 66 drug charges, and more than $625,000 worth of illicit drugs seized.


14 Responses to “DeSantis: Florida Will Remain The ‘Law And Order’ State”

  1. Elijah Bell on January 29th, 2023 8:52 am

    Thank you Governor DeSantis for taking another step in making our state more safe from those with evil actions. Hopefully legislation will follow. Watch how the folks who you vote for either stand with or opposed to his proposals.

  2. Give me a break on January 28th, 2023 4:11 pm


    I’m glad you like it! :)

  3. EMD on January 27th, 2023 11:46 pm

    Thank you Governor DeSantis.

  4. Bob on January 27th, 2023 6:55 pm

    To all the people insisting that “If you don’t like our alt-right governor, then leave”:

    Does that mean if you don’t like President Biden, you should leave the country? If so, awesome! I’ll help you pack your bags!

  5. Ben on January 27th, 2023 6:15 pm

    @give me a break

    Cool story bro

  6. Mike J. on January 27th, 2023 3:59 pm

    Go Gov.Ron! I’m not a total MAGA fan of former Pres.Trump. Sometimes I like him and sometimes I don’t. But I do support Governor DeSantis and his vision of law & order. He had no trouble winning re-election because the large majority of VOTERS agree with him.

  7. NavyDave on January 27th, 2023 12:44 pm

    Agreed, we are fortunate to have him as Governor. He’s clearly positioning himself for bigger things, and if he should decide to run for president he would have my full support. Now that I’m retired from active duty, I’d even assist his campaign.

  8. Best of the best on January 27th, 2023 12:41 pm

    We are Blessed to have this man as our Governor. He is such a smart and brave leader. Anybody that don’t like him, feel free to pack up and hit the road.. We don’t want your kind here causing us grief anyway.. This man would make a great president.. The only man on the planet that may do as much for the U. S. as our great POTUS, Trump.. God Bless Desantis!!

  9. Give me a break on January 27th, 2023 11:38 am

    “Law and Order” Guvnah Ron’s culture war shenanigans trying to secure the MAGA base are killing his national electability. He can’t take a punch, either– and Donnie Trump knows how to punch better than anybody. Let the games begin!

    Yep, I’m liberal, born and raised right here in NW Florida, lived on the west coast for years, came back, and I am not leaving.

  10. Rusty Shakleford on January 27th, 2023 11:14 am

    Kudos to our Governor. I don’t know how you can stiffen penalties and not build/expand more prisons and local jails though. I believe that is one of the issues why so many have low bonds, gain time, etc. No shortage of lowlife’s out there.

  11. Beach Boy on January 27th, 2023 11:00 am

    Amen and Hallelujah!! God has placed the “right man” at the “right time” for such a time as this. Thank you, Governor DeSantis, for making this “law and order” proposal. Criminals should NOT be allowed early release on these crimes. Thank you again for all you’re doing to make this a safer State to live in.

  12. Robert on January 27th, 2023 10:38 am

    to mnon

    It isn’t a good idea to put labels on people. A lot of those “from the west coast, or a yankee” are here in Florida because they also share the ideals of this great state! We welcome them here.

  13. mnon on January 27th, 2023 4:17 am

    best Gov Florida has ever had. If you don’t like it, you are probably liberal, from the west coast, or a Yankee, regardless you can still move.

  14. Citizen Patriot on January 27th, 2023 1:48 am

    We have never had a more concerned Governor that truly cared about this state and it’s citizens like Ron DeSantis. Especially in these times where a leader like him his surely needed. God Bless him, and his family, and the efforts he is making to keep Florida and its residents secure. Thank you Mr DeSantis!

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