Governor DeSantis holds a press conference in Titusville

BREVARD COUNTY, Florida. – Florida Governor Ron DeSantis will hold a press conference at the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office in Titusville on Friday.

DeSantis, who is scheduled to speak at 11:45 a.m., will be joined by Florida House Speaker Chris Sprows and Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody.

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No further details were released ahead of the event.

The last time DeSantis was joined by Moody at a press conference was on Tuesday as they announced a lawsuit against the Biden administration’s carry mask mandate, with Florida joined by 20 other states. . The lawsuit argues that the rule overstepped the authority of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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DeSantis spoke Thursday in Ponte Vedra Beach and West Palm Beach to highlight a second round of $1,000 bonuses for sworn law enforcement, firefighters and paramedics in Florida, included in the state budget .

The governor said Florida intends to boost law enforcement recruitment with HB 3, which increases benefits for officers and deputies, including making their children eligible for new scholarships, increasing the salaries of county sheriffs and establishing a “Florida Law Enforcement Recruiting Bonus Program”.

Also on Thursday, the governor responded to a lawsuit filed by Equality Florida and Family Equality in federal court, an attempt to block the “parental rights in education” law from taking effect July 1.

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The law, HB 1557, prohibits classroom teaching or discussion of sexual orientation or gender identity in kindergarten through 3rd grade, as well as in later grades in a manner that is not judged “age appropriate”.

The plaintiffs argue that the law violates the constitutional rights of free speech, equal protection and due process of students and families.

DeSantis said the state “will defend this vigorously.”

“Are you arguing that there is a constitutional right to have classroom instruction for first graders on things like transgender and gender ideology? I can’t imagine a court would accept that, clearly on appeal a court would not accept that,” DeSantis said.

News 6 will broadcast the conference live at the top of this story when it begins.

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