Governor Rick Scott signed HB 545, a bill that prohibits state agencies and local governments from contracting with companies that are boycotting Israel.
Governor Scott said, “In December, I led a trade mission to continue to build Florida and Israel’s strong relationship. I applaud the Legislature for passing HB 545, and this bill shows the world that Florida will not do business with those that boycott Israel. I’m also proud to highlight this year’s Securing Florida’s Future budget which includes a $2 million investment in Jewish Day Schools. Every student deserves to be able to learn in a safe environment and we will continue to do all we can to keep our students safe.”
Governor Scott also highlighted the $2 million investment in security funding for Jewish Day Schools included in the Securing Florida’s Future budget. Funding will be used to help provide security and counter-terrorism upgrades such as video cameras, fences, bullet-proof glass, alarm systems and other safety equipment. Last year, Governor Scott approved more than $650,000 for security at Jewish Day Schools.
Throughout the Governor’s time in office he has demonstrated an unwavering commitment and support for Israel. In 2011, Governor’s led a trade mission to Israel which ultimately established the successful Florida-Israel Memorandum of Understanding Agreement between Space Florida and Israel, to support research, development, and aerospace and technology projects. In 2016, Governor Scott signed legislation which prohibits the State Board of Administration from investing in companies that boycott Israel. Governor Scott also supported the U.S. Embassy moving from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. In December, Governor Scott led a delegation of Florida business and education leaders on another trade mission to Israel. Florida’s economic development and trading partnership with Israel exceeds $283 million a year.