FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
FEBRUARY 17, 2022
Tallahassee, FL – Today Senate Bill 1534, sponsored by Senator Jim Boyd, passed the Florida Senate floor. The legislation defines new third-degree and second-degree felony charges for retail-theft crimes based on multiple retail thefts occurring in a limited period of time in different merchant locations.
The measure 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.
"We are grateful for the full support of the Florida Senate to help stop organized retail crime in Florida and protect consumers and retail businesses," said Scott Shalley, president and CEO of the Florida Retail Federation. "This legislation will ensure shoppers can safely and comfortably enjoy Florida retail without the threat of robberies or other criminal activity. We’re thankful for the leadership of Senator Jim Boyd in tackling this critical issue."
This legislation is a priority of Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody and the Florida retail industry.
Earlier this month the House companion, HB 1511 by Representative Chuck Clemons, passed the House Criminal Justice & Public Safety Subcommittee in a 15-3 Vote. HB 1534 will be sent to the Florida House for discussion and approval.
To read SB 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.