Fla. Gov. DeSantis unveils statewide bill targeting Chinese influence

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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis answers a question during a news conference announcing the Resiliency Florida initiative, at the Amway Center in Orlando, Fla., Friday, Feb. 26, 2021. (Joe Burbank /Orlando Sentinel via AP)

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis answers a question during a news conference announcing the Resiliency Florida initiative, at the Amway Center in Orlando, Fla., Friday, Feb. 26, 2021. (Joe Burbank /Orlando Sentinel via AP)

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis answered a question during a news conference announcing the Resiliency Florida initiative, at the Amway Center in Orlando, Fla., Friday, Feb. 26, 2021. (Joe Burbank /Orlando Sentinel via AP)

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UPDATED 1:35 PM PT – Monday, March 1, 2021

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) pledged to tackle Chinese foreign influence in his state.

DeSantis unveiled a sweeping statewide proposal on Monday to address the Chinese Communist Party’s attempts to influence domestic and international affairs. He vowed the bill will directly address the CCP’s interference in American research, education and public affairs.

“We will place strategic safeguards against foreign influence by closing loopholes, strengthening institutional vetting and applying common sense protections for Florida schools, government entities and more,” DeSantis stated.

The governor also said the bill will target attempted influence from Cuba, Iran, North Korea and Russia. He added that he looks forward to working with the state legislature on the proposal.

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