Florida's Ron DeSantis is passing bills all over the place after his failed presidential campaign. They have a common theme.

  • Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis' presidential campaign fizzled out in late January.

  • The laws he's signed and actions taken post-campaign appear to have a central theme: security.

  • He's barred homeless people from sleeping on public property and prohibited kids from social media.

Rather than lay low after shuttering his presidential campaign in January — the consequence of poor primary performances and chaotic debate appearances — Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has opted to take a different route: He's maintained his public profile by signing bill after bill focused on security.

In his video announcing the end of his campaign, DeSantis foreshadowed his future goals during the remainder of his tenure as Florida's leader, which, barring a debacle, should last until January 2027.

"While this campaign has ended, the mission continues down here in Florida," DeSantis said. "We will continue to show the country how to lead."

In the two months since he's returned to Florida full-time, DeSantis has been busy, signing several bills and orders, each marked with a common theme: safety and security.

On March 13, the governor sent 250 State and National Guard officers to the southern coastline to help "combat illegal vessels coming to Florida from countries such as Haiti." The state's announcement alluded to migrants invading Florida.

"When a state faces the possibility of invasion, it has the right and duty to defend its territory and people," the press release said. "Under Governor Ron DeSantis, Florida will act."

On March 21, DeSantis enacted a law barring homeless Floridians from sleeping on public property to "ensure that Florida streets are clean and that Florida streets are safe for our residents," a move some advocates have compared to "criminalizing homelessness."

Days later, the governor signed a bill prohibiting children in Florida under 14 years old from using Snapchat, TikTok, and Instagram, which he said he did to stop pedophiles from messaging kids. It also allows parents to sue the social media platforms for $10,000 if they don't remove their child's flagged account quickly enough.

"You can have a kid in the house, safe, seemingly, and then you have predators that can get right in there into your own home," he warned at a press conference. "You can do everything right, and they know how to manipulate these platforms."

Unrelated to safety and security, DeSantis signed a bill allowing wine to be sold in glass bottles in sizes up to 15 liters.

The Republican-led Florida Legislature has passed several bills this year as well — which DeSantis could sign at any time — such as raising the legal age of becoming a stripper or restricting when drivers can use the left-most late.

Disney World and the state of Florida also, notably, reached an agreement Wednesday to end their yearlong battle over the theme park's special tax district that began after Disney executives spoke out against the states' unofficially named "Don't Say Gay" law.

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