Florida Senate - 2021 SB 1606 By Senator Rodriguez 39-01480B-21 20211606__ 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to victims of communism; amending s. 3 683.01, F.S.; establishing November 7 as the Victims 4 of Communism legal holiday; requiring the Legislature 5 to annually observe a moment of silence in observance 6 of the victims of communism; providing an effective 7 date. 8 9 WHEREAS, over 100 years have passed since the Bolshevik 10 Revolution in Russia and the formation of the first communist 11 government under Vladimir Lenin, leading to decades of 12 oppression and violence under communist regimes throughout the 13 world, and 14 WHEREAS, based on the economic philosophies of Karl Marx, 15 communism has proven incompatible with the ideals of liberty, 16 prosperity, and dignity of human life and has given rise to such 17 infamous totalitarian dictators as Joseph Stalin, Mao Zedong, Hồ 18 Chí Minh, and Pol Pot, and 19 WHEREAS, communist regimes worldwide have killed more than 20 100 million people and subjected countless others to 21 exploitation and unspeakable atrocities, with victims 22 representing many different ethnicities, creeds, and 23 backgrounds, and 24 WHEREAS, through false promises of equality and liberation, 25 communist regimes have systematically robbed their own citizens 26 of the rights of freedom of worship, freedom of speech, and 27 freedom of association through coercion, brutality, and fear, 28 and 29 WHEREAS, many victims of communism were persecuted as 30 political prisoners for speaking out against these regimes, and 31 others were killed in genocidal state-sponsored purges of 32 undesirable groups, and 33 WHEREAS, in addition to violating basic human rights, 34 communist regimes have suppressed intellectual freedom, cultural 35 life, and self-determination movements in more than 40 nations, 36 NOW, THEREFORE, 37 38 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 39 40 Section 1. Present paragraphs (q) through (u) of subsection 41 (1) of section 683.01, Florida Statutes, are redesignated as 42 paragraphs (r) through (v), respectively, and a new paragraph 43 (q) is added to that subsection, to read: 44 683.01 Legal holidays.— 45 (1) The legal holidays, which are also public holidays, are 46 the following: 47 (q) Victims of Communism Day, November 7. 48 Section 2. The Legislature shall, on the final day of each 49 regular legislative session, observe a moment of silence in 50 observance of the victims of communism. 51 Section 3. This act shall take effect July 1, 2021.