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There is a recent Florida bill (HB1355 or SB264), which passed the state Senate, was amended by the House, and now is heading back to the Senate, restricts citizens of China, Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Russia, Syria, and Venezuela from acquiring farmland or any property within 20 miles of a military installation or infrastructure such as a seaport or airport. Chinese people who are not U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents would be barred from owning Florida property altogether. This bill was motivated by what Governor DeSantis considers as the national security reason while some considers this as a measure to prevent dramatic increase in real estate values and empty homes. An amendment allowing visa holders to own one home, but such landowners must register with a state agency. The bill also established criminal penalties for knowingly selling land in violation of the new regulations and a mechanism for land to be forfeited to the state. in italics, below:
CS/CS/HB 1355 – Interests of Foreign Countries
General Billby State Affairs Committee and Judiciary Committee and Borrero and Waldron (CO-SPONSORS) Alvarez; Amesty; Anderson; Antone; Bankson; Barnaby; Campbell; Canady; Caruso; Casello; Chaney; Cross; Daley; Dunkley; Edmonds; Gantt; Gottlieb; Hawkins; Jacques; Lopez, V.; Michael; Nixon; Roth; Salzman; Silvers; Snyder; Steele; Stevenson; Temple
Interests of Foreign Countries: Prohibits governmental entities from knowingly entering into contracts & taking specified actions relating to contracts that give access to personal identifying information; requires government entities to require affidavit from applicants before providing any economic incentive; prohibits foreign principals from purchasing agricultural land & certain real property in state; prohibits People’s Republic of China, Chinese Communist Party, any other political party or member of political party in People’s Republic of China, & certain persons & entities from purchasing or acquiring real property in state; requires information held by health care providers utilizing certified electronic health record technology to be maintained in specified locations.
Effective Date:July 1, 2023
Last Event:Companion Bill passed, refer to CS/CS/SB 264 on Tuesday, May 2, 2023 10:07 PM; HB Laid on Table
Local attorney Hongwei Shang said that most Chinse people in Florida are not members of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). “They’re just regular people. Actually, they’re being oppressed by the CCP.”
General Billby Rules and Judiciary and Collins (CO-SPONSORS) Avila
Interests of Foreign Countries: Prohibiting governmental entities from knowingly entering into certain contracts; authorizing the Attorney General to bring a civil action; providing penalties; requiring government entities to require an affidavit from applicants before providing any economic incentive; prohibiting foreign principals from purchasing agricultural land, or having more than a de minimus indirect interest in such land, and certain real property in this state, respectively; authorizing foreign principals to continue to own or hold such land or property under certain circumstances, etc.
Last Event:05/04/23 S Ordered engrossed, then enrolled on Thursday, May 4, 2023 6:53 PM
There are legitimate national security concerns underlying the introduction of this legislation, including the safeguarding of defense and critical infrastructure from potentially malign foreign influence. SB 264 and HB 1355 as written however, are both overly broad and vague, prohibiting the acquisition of real estate, not only by state-owned entities or communist party officials, but by any Chinese resident who is not a US Citizen or Green Card holder, by any Chinese corporations or partnerships, even those without political affiliation, and in fact, by “any member of the People’s Republic of China” which could be read to mean anyone holding Chinese citizenship, even if they are also U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents of the United States. Rep. Eskamani debated against the bill, in the video published on May 4, 2023, by Representative Anna V. Eskamani, as “Rep. Eskamani Debates Against Discrimination“, below:
In the video published on April 19, 2023, by Emily Wong Realtor – Cape Coral to Naples all SWFL, as “HB 1355 on April 19, 2023” below:
New legislation is making its way through the Florida legislature that would place new rules on where you can purchase a home, if you’re a resident of Cuba, Venezuela, Syria, China, North Korea, Russia, and Iran, in the video published on May 3, 2023, by CBS Miami, as “Legislation would restrict real estate buyers from Cuba, Venezuela, others“, below:
SB 264, a new bill restricting Chinese from buying Florida land passed the House this week. It would limit land purchases near military bases and critical infrastructure from residents of Russia, Iran, North Korea and Venezuela, and it would ban Chinese citizens from owning land. The Morning Joe panel discusses, in the video published on May 5, 2023, by MSNBC, as “Florida bill seeking to ban Chinese citizens from owning land passes House”, below:
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