This study presents an assessment of the likely economic impact to Floridians were the legislation presented in HB1/SB484 (now PCS for HB1) to become law. The bill is far-ranging in its impacts and the following paragraphs lay out the likely effects of the upgrading and expanding of criminal charges proposed in the bill. However, the likely economic impacts of the bill, if passed, are not limited to these costs, and will include substantial costs to municipalities via elimination of sovereign immunity for some events and a loss of public safety budget control. The proposed exemption from civil liability for counter-protesters provides a perverse incentive that will likely encourage property damage during public protests.

The following analysis and opinions are the responsibility of Rick Harper, Ph.D. and do not necessarily represent the opinions of the project sponsor.

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