PALM BAY, Fla. (FNN NEWS) – State Representative Randy Fine (R-South Brevard County) and State Senator Jeff Brandes (R-St. Petersburg), filed identical bills Tuesday, HB 545 and SB 780, which will amend the 2016 Florida law championed by Senate President Joe Negron and former Representative Ritch Workman to create a new zero-tolerance policy for Florida governments doing business with companies that support the anti-Israel “Boycott, Divestiture, and Sanctions” movement.
Current law allows these governments to do up to $1 million of business each year with anti-Israel companies.
“As an ardent supporter of Israel, I am grateful to President Negron and former Representative Workman for establishing Florida as a leader in the anti-BDS movement,” said Fine, the only Jewish Republican in the Florida Legislature. “BDS is the latest incarnation of anti-Israel sentiment that goes back since the formation of the Jewish State. To oppose the State of Israel is to oppose Judeo-Christian
values. I am proud that the legislation we introduce today takes the next step to make Florida a zero-tolerance state.”
“I am proud to stand with Representative Fine in defense of Israel and to show support for our friends and for an important ally,” said Brandes. “Strengthening our position by removing the $1 million threshold sends a strong message—Florida stands with Israel.”
The“BDS” movement isan anti–Israel movement typically organized around delegitimizing the State ofIsrael, holding it to standards BDS advocates do not seek to hold other states in similar situations to, and demonizingIsrael and Jews as engaging in immoral or evil activity. In 2014, Florida exported more than $231 million worth of products to Israel. Since passage of theNegron/Workman legislation in 2016, more than 20 states haveenacted legislation with lower or no thresholds, making this proposed legislation the next step for Florida.
SOURCE | State Representative Randy Fine’s Office
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