Gov. DeSantis Receives Bill To Expand Florida State Guard

An increase in the size and enforcement abilities of the Florida State Guard was among 12 bills focusing on the military and veterans sent to Gov. Ron DeSantis on Monday. 

One of the measures (HB 1285) would boost from 400 to 1,500 members of the mostly volunteer Florida State Guard, which DeSantis revived last year.

The proposal also would allow the director of the state guard to set up a specialized law enforcement unit that, when active, would have the same authority as a law enforcement agency. The members of the unit are required to be certified as law enforcement officers.

Lawmakers included $107.5 million in the state budget (SB 2500) for DeSantis’ goal of expanding the guard.

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