Florida lawmaker files bill to prohibit law enforcement cooperation with U.S. Capitol Police

Anthony Sabatini
The 2022 Legislative Session begins Jan. 11.

Republican Rep. Anthony Sabatini filed a bill Monday that would prohibit local law enforcement from assisting U.S. Capitol Police within state lines.

The bill (HB 133) would prevent state and local police agencies — or any other government agency — from aiding or cooperating with U.S. Capitol Police. It further prohibits agencies from allowing U.S. Capitol Police to access state government databases.

“We are seeing the Capitol Police be transformed into a partisan political agency by tyrant (U.S. House Speaker Nancy) Pelosi and we cannot allow a nationalized political police to creep into our State with new ‘field offices,’” Sabatini, who represents Lake County, tweeted in a bill announcement.

The proposal comes months after U.S. Capitol Police fell under scrutiny for their actions — or lack thereof — during the Jan. 6 Capitol Insurrection. In wake of the riot, the federal police agency recommended disciplinary action against six officers for their actions during the incident.

Five U.S. Capitol police officers have died since the Jan. 6 riot, CNBC reported.

Sabatini’s measure additionally bars state and local government agencies from recognizing the jurisdiction of the U.S. Capitol Police or its personnel within the Sunshine State.

Sabatini, a Florida National Guard officer and congressional candidate, has filed roughly a dozen bills ahead of the 2022 Legislative Session.

One proposal would allow Floridians to carry a firearm without a license. The measure awaits the consideration of three House committees.

Another would launch a forensic audit of the 2020 General Election involving former President Donald Trump. That bill would require Gov. Ron DeSantis to appoint a third party to audit the election results.

A separate bill would bar the State Health Officer from mandating vaccinations amid a public health emergency.

The 2022 Legislative Session begins Jan. 11.

If signed into law, the U.S. Capitol Police measure would take effect immediately. The bill had not received committee assignments at the time of publication.

Jason Delgado

Jason Delgado covers news out of the state capital for Florida Politics. After a stint with the U.S. Army, Jason attended the University of Central Florida where he studied American Policy and National Security. His past bylines include WMFE-NPR and POLITICO Florida. Throw him a line at [email protected] or on Twitter at @byJasonDelgado.


5 comments

  • Harold Finch

    September 21, 2021 at 5:44 pm

    What an absolute idiot!! If this bill is even referenced to any committee I would be shocked!!

    • Lorraine

      September 23, 2021 at 12:51 pm

      I actually have been here 5 years now and nothing that the Republicans do in this state shocks me

      It makes me want to throw up – but not shock
      I will make sure when anyone is up for election in “ that party “ I will be front & center with rooting for the opposing person & in opening up my pocketbook

  • Barbara Griffin

    September 21, 2021 at 5:50 pm

    The bill proposed by Republican Rep. Anthony Sabatini seems un-American. The filing of such a bill leaves the impression he has decided to not lived up to his oath of office and favors insurrection. If so, it is shameful at best; treason at worst; unacceptable by any measure. Do better!

    • Lorraine

      September 23, 2021 at 12:53 pm

      I think we can do better with our ballots – a lot better

  • Ward A -Posey

    September 24, 2021 at 11:07 am

    Republicans should all be deported to Somalia or Antarctica, NOW.

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