FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MARCH 9, 2022
SB 1534 Passes House Floor in 80-36 Vote; Bill Cracks Down on Organized Crime Rings Targeting Retail Stores Within a Limited Time Period
Tallahassee, FL – Yesterday, the Florida House passed Senate Bill 1534, Retail Theft, the Senate companion to House legislation sponsored by Representative Chuck Clemons.
The bill applies third-degree and second-degree felonies for individuals or those in consort with one or more persons who commit five or more retail thefts within 30 days. Specifically, SB 1534 creates charges for retail-theft crimes that include multiple retail thefts occurring in a limited period of time in various merchant locations.
"Consumer and employee safety is the utmost priority for Florida retailers," said Scott Shalley, president and CEO of the Florida Retail Federation. "Organized retail theft is on the rise and this measure will provide prosecutors with a valuable tool to curtail this criminal activity. We thank Representative Clemons for his leadership in protecting Floridians and fighting against those who seek to profit from retail theft."
Last month the Senate companion SB 1534 by Senator Jim Boyd passed the Senate floor.
Legislation to crack down on retail crime in Florida is a priority of both Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody and the Florida retail industry.
To read Senate Bill 1534, visit: https://www.flsenate.gov/Session/Bill/2022/1534
ABOUT THE FLORIDA RETAIL FEDERATION
The Florida Retail Federation is the statewide trade association representing retailers -- the businesses that sell directly to consumers. Florida retailers provide one out of every five jobs in the state, pay more than $49 billion in wages annually, and collect and remit more than $20 billion in sales taxes for Florida’s government each year.