Monday, March 15, 2021

Will States Start Forcing Think Tanks to Disclose Foreign Funding?

Here is more about what is going on in Florida: 

Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said China’s theft of intellectual property is among the nation’s most pervasive threats as he outlined proposed legislation Monday to limit its influence in Florida.

The proposal would require universities to report any gifts of $50,000 from a foreign source and more thoroughly screen foreign applicants for research positions. Research institutes would have to report all work-related travel to foreign counties.

It would also require any company that wants to do business with the state or apply for grants to disclose financial ties worth more than $50,000 with China, Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Russia, Syria or Venezuela.


According to a press release, the requirements would impact "every higher education institution, including their DSO's and foundations," meaning that some university-affiliated think tanks could be impacted if the legislation in ultimately enacted.