‘Right to Rock Act’ booked for Senate debut

silhouette of guitar player in action on stage in front of concert crowd
The bill blocks public venues from cancelling gigs over performers' 'personal beliefs.'

The Senate Commerce and Tourism committee on Tuesday is the first stop for a bill that abridges the rights of those who control the programming for public venues.

If you book an act, you won’t have the right to cancel a gig if your grounds for doing so are ideological or belief based, according to Sen. Jonathan Martin’s “Right to Rock Act” (SB 1206).

“The owner or operator of a public venue may not cancel a live performance of an artist, a performer, or a musical group because of the artist’s, performer’s, or musical group’s lawful exercise of freedom of speech or the artist’s, performer’s, or musical group members’ personal beliefs,” reads the filing.

Public venues could be “owned by or rented to a governmental entity, school, college, or university,” per the bill, if these are “funded by or constructed with public or government funds.”

Martin’s bill is the Senate version of one filed in the House by Rep. Joel Rudman, whose version has not been heard in any committee yet. Its first stop, should it ever be heard, would be the Regulatory Reform & Economic Development Subcommittee, which did not include it on its Feb. 6 agenda.

Rudman, who performs in a band, vented about how “liberals” sought to censor him via the unlikely mechanism of Eventbrite signups last year, as WFLA noted.

“When I announced my concert tour, I used Eventbrite to process free tickets so I could get a rough headcount for each gig. The woke mob liberals flooded the system with fake emails and bogus names, so now we have no way of knowing how many to expect.”

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for FloridaPolitics.com since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


  • MH/Duuuval

    February 3, 2024 at 1:53 pm

    Rudman’s rancor implies there is a bit of Yippie! remaining on the left.

    Per Neil Young: Long may you run! (Not you, Rodman, you Nugent clone.)

    • MH/Duuuval

      February 3, 2024 at 10:04 pm

      Make that Rudman. Nice to be king and make law because your band stunk.

  • Silly Wabbit

    February 4, 2024 at 3:20 pm

    Wudman kwazy.

  • Dont Say FLA

    February 5, 2024 at 11:47 am

    Uh sure man, yeah…. Nobody showed up for your show because Libs took all the tickets. That’s a good one!

    Dude, nobody showed up for you show because your band sucks.

  • Josh Green

    February 5, 2024 at 2:14 pm

    Big Government overreach. You can’t force a private business to book somebody or keep them booked. This is stupid and unconstitutional .

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