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Governor Signs Bill Establishing 'Victims of Communism Day'

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High school students will also be required to receive at least 45 minutes of instruction in their required United States Government class on topics related to communist regimes and how victims suffered at the hands of these regimes.

Miami - Monday May 9, 2022: Governor DeSantis signed House Bill (HB) 395 in Miami Monday which establishes a state holiday called 'Victims of Communism Day' on November 7th every year. It also requires that students in Florida public schools learn about communism.

High school students will be required to receive at least 45 minutes of instruction in their required United States Government class on topics related to communist regimes and how victims suffered at the hands of these regimes. Instruction on these topics will be required starting in the 2023-2024 school year.

The Governor also announced that he will approve $25 million in the budget to support renovations and restoration of the historic Freedom Tower in downtown Miami. In the 1960s the Freedom Tower was used by the Federal Government to process and document refugees fleeing from the Cuban Revolution. It currently home to the Miami-Dade College Museum of Art and Design.

Additionally, the Governor signed Senate Bill (SB) 160 to approve road designations across the state, including three designations to honor Cubans who fought against the Castro Regime. Those three designations will honor Arturo Diaz Artiles and Oswaldo Paya through road designations in Miami-Dade County as well as Maximino and Coralia Capdevila through road designations in Hillsborough County.

“Through HB 395 and the funding announced today, we are guaranteeing that the history of those who fled communist regimes and their experiences are preserved and not forgotten by our students," said the Governor during a news conference at the Freedom Tower.

You can find bill transmittal letters here and here.