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FEBRUARY 21, 2022
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Tallahassee, FL – Today House Bill 1511, sponsored by Representative Chuck Clemons, passed the Florida House Judiciary Committee in a 12-5 vote. HB 1511 defines and creates third-degree and second-degree felony charges for retail-theft crimes. 

"Organized retail crime is a real threat," said Scott Shalley, president and CEO of the Florida Retail Federation. "The growth of this criminal activity across the country impacts not only our retail members but our customers. Florida shoppers deserve to be in a safe and enjoyable retail environment. We are thankful for the leadership of Representative Clemons and the support of the Florida House on this measure."

This proposed legislation is a priority of Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody and the Florida retail industry. The bill targets individuals or those in consort with more than one persons who steal multiple times in a limited period of time in different merchant locations. 

Last year, Attorney General Moody launched a new task force known as the Florida Organized Retail Crime Exchange (FORCE). The FORCE database allows law enforcement officers, prosecutors and retailers to work together to help identify and stop criminal activity.

"In the last year, there’s been 60 cases involving more than 250 individuals suspected of organized retail theft or crimes related to organized retail theft," said Representative Clemons. "This piece of legislation will help the effectiveness of this task force and give the prosecutors the tools they need to prosecute these criminals and strengthen the law."

Lorena Holley, Vice President and General Counsel of the Florida Retail Federation, waived in support of this legislation.  

Last week, the Senate companion, SB 1534 by Senator Jim Boyd passed the Senate floor in a unanimous 38-0 vote. HB 1511 will advance to the Florida House floor for discussion. 

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.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
FEBRUARY 17, 2022
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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.

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FEBRUARY 17, 2022
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In an Effort to Codify Present Vaccine Administration Practices in Florida, HB 1209 Advances to House Floor

Tallahassee, FL – House Bill 1209 passed the Florida House Health & Human Services Committee today in an 18-1 vote. The legislation aims to codify the current practice regarding vaccinations throughout retail pharmacies in Florida. 

“Our Florida pharmacies and their certified team members have served our Florida communities through and beyond the pandemic," said Scott Shalley, president and CEO of the Florida Retail Federation. "This legislation will support current efforts to expand healthcare in Florida through the hard work of Florida pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and pharmacy interns. We are thankful for the support of the Florida legislature to allow Florida pharmacies to continue to serve those in need."

HB 1209 amends portions of current state statutes from the Public Readiness and Emergency Preparedness (PREP) Act. 

Currently, under the PREP Act, registered pharmacy technicians are authorized to administer vaccines. Pharmacy technicians undergo rigorous training per guidelines issued by the Department of Health and Human Services and approved by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education. 

HB 1209 authorizes registered pharmacy technicians to continue to administer specified vaccines to those aged 18 years or older.

"Registered pharmacy technicians are currently administering vaccines under the PREP Act, said Representative Kaylee Tuck. "This bill mirrors the current training requirements of the PREP Act by requiring six hours of immunization-related training approved by the Florida Board of Pharmacy and two additional hours of continuing training. This bill for the purpose of what it was brought for is access to healthcare. As a rural representative, I see this every day in my backyard and hometown."

Grace Lovett, Vice President of Government Affairs of the Florida Retail Federation, testified in support of this legislation. 

"We do strongly support this bill," shared Lovett. "I think it recognizes all the great work that the pharmacies have done during this emergency."

The FRF supports legislation that will codify Florida registered pharmacy technicians to continue the administration of vaccines to individuals aged 18 or older under the supervision of an immunizing pharmacist in accordance with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) immunization schedules.

HB 1209 will now advance to the Florida House floor.

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. 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
FEBRUARY 10, 2022
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Tallahassee, FL – Floridians are head over heels in love this Valentine's Day as American shoppers plan to spend up to $23.9 billion this year according to the Florida Retail Federation. Recent survey findings from the National Retail Federation revealed that consumers are expected to spend up to $2.1 billion more compared to the previous year.

"Floridians are set to spoil that special someone this Valentine's Day," said Scott Shalley, president and CEO of the Florida Retail Federation. “Our retailers have everything you need to show your love and affection. Remember to Find it in Florida and support local retailers as you celebrate this special day."

2022 marks the second-highest year on record for Valentine's Day spending with 53% of shoppers planning to celebrate with their soulmate.

As more than half of consumers are planning something special for the holiday, most will spend more this year compared to the previous year. Shoppers will spend $175.41 on average to declare their love and affection to their significant others or spouses, up from $164.76 in 2021.

Floridians are looking for sentimental items to gift their loved ones this Valentine's Day with 22% of shoppers planning to gift something sparkly. Total spending on jewelry this year is estimated at its highest at $6.2 billion, up from $4.1 billion in 2021. 

The top five items that consumers plan to purchase this holiday include: 

  • Candy - 56%
  • Greeting cards - 40% 
  • Flowers - 37%
  • An evening out - 31%
  • Jewelry - 22%

During this season of love, when shoppers "Find It In Florida" and shop local retailers, they help boost the local economy and support community businesses. Learn more about the "Find It In Florida" program here

For more information on the predictions of the National Retail Federation, visit: https://nrf.com/media-center/press-releases/americans-spend-239-billion-valentines-day-year

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.

ABOUT THE NATIONAL RETAIL FEDERATION
The National Retail Federation, the world’s largest retail trade association, passionately advocates for the people, brands, policies and ideas that help retail thrive. From its headquarters in Washington, D.C., NRF empowers the industry that powers the economy. Retail is the nation’s largest private-sector employer, contributing $3.9 trillion to annual GDP and supporting one in four U.S. jobs – 52 million working Americans. For over a century, NRF has been a voice for every retailer and every retail job, educating, inspiring and communicating the powerful impact retail has on local communities and global economies.

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