The bill, HB 1571, which will allow law enforcement to issue warnings to people picketing or protesting, comes in response to recent abortion rights protests outside the homes of Supreme Court justices in Virginia and Maryland.
“Sending unruly mobs to private residences, like we have seen with the angry crowds in front of the homes of Supreme Court justices, is inappropriate,” DeSantis said in a news release. “This bill will provide protection to those living in residential communities and I am glad to sign it into law.”
If people do not heed warnings from law enforcement to “peaceably disperse,” they could be arrested and charged with a second-degree misdemeanor, the release says. Those who violate the law will face 60 days in jail and fines of up to $500.
The law will take effect Oct. 1.