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Governor Ron DeSantis Signs Miya’s Law To Strengthen Renter Safety

From Governor Ron DeSantis’ press office:

Miya Marcano

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Today, Governor Ron DeSantis signed Senate Bill (SB) 898, designated as “Miya’s Law”, to strengthen residential tenant safety measures including requiring background checks for prospective employees, maintaining a log for each dwelling unit’s keys, and increasing notification requirements for maintenance and repairs from 12 to 24 hours. The bill is named after Miya Marcano, a young woman and Orlando student who was tragically killed in her apartment in 2021 by a maintenance worker who entered her unit with an apartment key fob.

“Every tenant deserves to be safe in their own home,” said Governor Ron DeSantis. “By signing this legislation, we are making it safer to live in a rental unit and giving renters more peace of mind in their homes. Miya’s death was a tragedy, and our prayers continue to be with the Marcano family. I am proud to act on their behalf to help prevent a tragedy like that from happening to another Florida tenant.”

SB 898 directs landlords or licensees of transient and non-transient apartments to require all employees undergo a background screening as a condition of employment. A person may be disqualified from employment if the person has been found guilty of certain offenses involving violence and disregard for safety.

Apartments will also be required to maintain a log accounting for the issuance and return of all keys and establish policies for their issuance, return, and storage. The apartment’s key log and background screenings will be subject to the Department of Business and Professional Regulation’s annual inspection of apartments.

Additionally, the bill changes the requirement for ‘reasonable notice’ for entry of a unit for maintenance and repairs from 12 hours to 24 hours’ notice. The bill also prohibits operators of public lodging establishments from offering hourly rates for an accommodation.

Florida Politicians React To Supreme Court Abortion Decision

The United States Supreme Court just issued a 6-3 decision in DOBBS v. JACKSON allowing individual States to determine their own abortion laws.

Here are some reactions from Florida politicians:

“The Supreme Court has returned the power to regulate abortion to the states. Now we need a pro-life plan for post-Roe America.”—Senator Marco Rubio

“The decision to strike down #RoeVsWade is extremely dangerous and tragic. I’m sick and tired of our basic, fundamental right to privacy being politicized. Because of today’s ruling, women will be forced to put their lives on the line, victims of rape and incest will be forced into pregnancy, and we cannot say we control our own bodies in this country. Our daughters and granddaughters have lost a right we fought so hard to protect. But let me be clear: Despite today’s decision, this fight is far from over.”—Congresswoman Val Demmings

“We will not roll back our rights. Let me say it again, so we’re clear. 🗣WE WILL NOT ROLL BACK OUR RIGHTS!”—Congresswoman Sheila Cherfilus McCormick

“This decision will have devastating impacts on women in Florida and across our country as nearly 50 years of constitutional protections for abortion come to an end.”—Nikki Fried

“This is an important ruling for the sovereignty of our individual states. Our office will continue working to defend state laws that protect life.”— FL Attorney General Ashley Moody

Memorial Day Message From Florida Governor Ron DeSantis

Happy Memorial Day! Thank you to those who have served our country in uniform and gave their last full measure of devotion to our nation. God bless them and their memory.