As the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) continues to grow its influence in the United States, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is fighting back.
This week, after signing an executive order to prohibit government entities from purchasing technology and services from CCP-controlled entities, DeSantis is calling on the Florida legislature to pass a new slate of legislation aimed at curbing the CCP’s influence in his state.
DeSantis’ plan includes legislation to ban state and local government from contracting with Chinese companies to handle citizens’ personal information, a prohibition on China purchasing agricultural land and land near military bases, and disallowing Florida universities from receiving gifts from entities affiliated with China.
“Other foreign countries of concern” are included in DeSantis’ countermeasures.
Today, I took action to protect Floridians from the bad intentions of adversaries abroad, such as the Chinese Communist Party.
This Legislative Session, I am proposing additional protections for our homeland against threats arrayed by those who seek our nation’s downfall. pic.twitter.com/2yVxf33fL6
— Ron DeSantis (@GovRonDeSantis) September 22, 2022
While the proposed legislation is designed to stop China’s creeping influence in Florida, the communist country’s influence continues to grow in Texas.
As revealed in a recent Texas Scorecard investigative series, communist China has been worming its way into the Lone Star State through our politics, education, land, and commerce.
The subject of China’s infiltration in Texas was also the subject of the most recent season of Exposed.
While some lawmakers have expressed concern, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has so far not outlined a similar legislative proposal as DeSantis.