USA TODAY NETWORK
BY: Douglas Soule
TALLAHASSEE — What Gov. Ron DeSantis wants, DeSantis usually gets, at least as far as the Florida Legislature goes.
From lowering the death penalty threshold to providing the weapons for his war with Disney, the governor’s policy priorities have been speedily pushed over the finish line by an obliging Republican supermajority.
A notable big exception: a change in Florida’s defamation laws. It never made it out of the committee process in either chamber. It was perhaps the biggest loss of the session for a governor who largely muscled the rest of his agenda through the legislature in the run-up to a widely expected announcement that he’s running for president.
So what happened?
DeSantis says he wants to make it easier to sue media outlets
During an early February roundtable, held in what looked like the set of a high-budget broadcast news studio, DeSantis said he wanted to make it easier to sue media outlets that he claimed were society’s “leading purveyors of disinformation.”