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Tampa Bay leaders say new law banning people from sleeping in public fails to address homelessness

“To sleep is to exist, in order to exist as humans we have to sleep. And so this bill is basically criminalizing the existence of a group of people."

By Suzanne Townsend

Florida has seen a 17% increase in homelessness in the past year alone and local leaders say a new bill prohibiting municipalities from allowing homeless individuals to camp or sleep on public property will likely do very little to  address the issue. As he signed HB 1365 on March 20, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis said the law serves the best interests of “law abiding citizens.”

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