Lawsuits filed against bills signed by DeSantis are being defended with taxpayer dollars

Lawsuits filed against bills signed by DeSantis are being defended with taxpayer dollars
Ron DeSantis speaking at the 2017 Conservative Political Action Conference in National Harbor, Maryland, Gage Skidmore

Multiple bills that were passed by Florida's Republican-led legislature and then signed into law by Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) are now at the center of more than five lawsuits. Since more lawsuits are likely on the way, lawmakers are preparing to fight back—with the use of taxpayer dollars.

According to News4JAX, the lawsuits were filed to challenge the Florida bills which aim to transform the state's "elections laws, initiative contribution limits, and anti-protest legislation."

Almost immediately after the bills were signed into law, civil rights and voting rights advocates sounded off with their concerns about the restrictive pieces of legislation. The first lawsuit was reportedly filed by the League of Women Voters of Florida. The group aimed to push back against the changes to the state's election laws.

At the time the lawsuit was filed, League President Patricia Brigham voiced her concerns. "It's going to be less convenient to cast your ballot in Florida. There's no reason for this," Brigham said.

Nick Warren, the Florida staff attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union, also spoke out with his take on the controversial Republican-backed bills.

"It effectively kills the initiative on the front end, rather than the back end. Because you'll never get your hundreds of thousands of signatures, you'll never reach ballot status if you can't afford to pay to collect those signatures," said Warren.

The Report also notes that since there are lots of staff attorneys and high-powered law firms who often handle highly controversial state cases, the legal fees will likely cost tens of thousands of dollars. In addition to the lawsuits already filed, No Casinos, Inc., is also slated to bring forth a lawsuit.

No Casinos President John Sowinski said, "Be it Washington or Tallahassee or wherever they felt like they can do whatever they want to do until somebody sues and proves them wrong."

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