On May 2, 2023, Florida’s Governor Ron DeSantis signed into law a bill designed to block the consideration of ESG factors in investment decisions. Going further than similar laws enacted in other states,  with the passage of House Bill 3  (“HB 3”), Florida presents itself as a new standard-bearer in America’s anti-ESG movement. In requiring that investment decisions (and proxy voting decisions) for state pension assets be made on the basis of “pecuniary factors” only, the law echoes bills already passed in other states. But HB 3 also limits investment decisions for local governments, trust funds, and the state’s CFO. It prohibits the issuance of any ESG bonds in the state, limits state contracting, redefines what it means to be a qualified public depository, and imposes new external communications disclaimer requirements.
Below, we summarize the key provisions of HB 3 and offer a comparison against some of the anti-ESG laws on the books in other states. 
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