Rep. Ted Deutch released the following statement on the Florida legislature's passage of SB 444, which expands upon the Protecting Florida's Investments Act, legislation he authored in 2007 in the Florida State Senate:
"I applaud the Florida Legislature's passage of SB 444, legislation that will help ensure national and international security by preventing Florida's taxpayer dollars from supporting companies who choose to violate federal law by bolstering the Iranian regime. I congratulate the bill's sponsors, Sen. Ellyn Bogdanoff and Rep. Mack Bernard. This bill prevents state and local governments from awarding contracts to companies found to be investing in the Iranian energy sector. It is consistent with federal policy and sends a clear message that Floridians will not support any company that puts profit over international security. The Iranian regime continues to pursue its illicit nuclear weapons program, continues to engage in the most egregious human rights violations, and continues to support terrorism across the globe. We must continue to utilize every economic tool at our disposal to bring this regime to its knees. I urge Governor Scott to act quickly to sign this bill into law."