In 2018, Florida lawmakers introduced a new anti-BDS bill, HB 545. The bill expands Florida's 2016 anti-BDS law by prohibiting public entities from contracting with any company or non-profit that boycotts Israel. The original law excluded contracts worth less than $1 million; HB 545 deletes the $1 million threshold.
Read the bill: HB 545
In 2016, one anti-BDS bill was signed into law in Florida. SB 86/HB 527 does the following: 1) requires Florida to create an online blacklist of companies (including sole proprietorships) and for-profit organizations that boycott Israel; 2) prohibits public entities in Florida from entering into contracts worth $1m or more with blacklisted entities or others who boycott Israel, and 3) prohibits state pension funds from investing in companies engaged in politically motivated boycotts of Israel.
In 2016, non-binding resolution condemning the BDS movement also passed both chambers of the legislature.
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- Reject Florida bills that hinder efforts to protect Palestinians, Orlando Sentinel
Status: Governor Scott signed SB 86/HB 527 into law on March 17, 2016.
- Read the bill: SB 86 and HB 527
These bills are the result of a campaign to suppress Palestine human rights activism in the U.S. Israel's interest in restricting this activism should not override our constitutional right to advocate for change.
The good news is that your right to engage in boycotts related to Israeli human rights abuses and to advocate for BDS is protected by the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. None of the bills and resolutions described here prohibit you from engaging in BDS activities.
Whatever your views on Israel and Palestine, these bills should be of concern because they threaten the rights of everyone in the U.S. to take collective action to address injustice. Moreover, we should all be alarmed that a foreign government, Israel, is lobbying U.S. politicians to restrict our rights.