DeSantis Signs New Bill Banning Vagrants From Sleeping in Public Spaces

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Florida has now  implemented a new law aimed at addressing the issue of homelessness.

The law aims to relocate individuals without homes from public property to shelters or government encampments.

Gov. Ron DeSantis, who recently signed HB 1365 into law, believes that this legislation will enhance public safety.

However, it is worth noting that the law does not encompass the housing solutions that experts deem crucial for effectively tackling the issue of homelessness.

According to regulations, individuals are not permitted to sleep in public areas, while local authorities have the option to establish homeless camps in the event that shelters become full.

A comprehensive range of services, including mental health support, addiction treatment, access to clean water and sanitation facilities, must be provided in the government-run camps.

It is essential that these camps remain free from the presence of alcohol and illegal substances.

HB 1365 also grants the opportunity for residents, business owners, or the attorney general to take legal action against a local government that fails to comply with the law.

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