Wednesday, September 06, 2023
A Florida Panhandle lawmaker has filed the "Right to Rock Act," for the 2024 session of the Legislature. Rep. Joel Rudman, R-Navarre, wants to prohibit the cancellation of performances because of an artist's social media comments or their political affiliation. HB 15 would forbid entertainment venues that have accepted taxpayer funding to cancel contracts for a live presentation by a singer, musicians, dancers, comedians, and actors for their social media behavior and/or politics. Rudman is a Mississippi born physician who became politically active during the COVID-19 pandemic. He took to Facebook Live presentations to argue against masks and other government mandates and testified before legislative committees on behalf of a proposal to protect practitioners' speech.
"I didn't go into politics; politics went into medicine," Rudman told the Pensacola News Journal when he announced his campaign for the state house in 2022.
Rudman won the GOP 2022 primary for an open seat with 16,000 votes, faced no Democratic opposition, and is a candidate for re-election next year.
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