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SB 1534 by Senator Jim Boyd Moves to Senate Floor & HB 1511 Passes First Committee Stop

Tallahassee, FL – The Florida Senate and House passed legislation this week that aims to crack down on organized retail crime in Florida. Senate Bill 1534 by Senator Jim Boyd and its companion, House Bill 1511 by Representative Chuck Clemons will define and add penalties for organized retail theft in Florida. 

"Retail theft is a real and growing threat. We want to ensure shoppers and team members feel safe when inside a store," said Scott Shalley, president and CEO of the Florida Retail Federation. "We are thankful for the Florida Legislature's swift action to stop the threat of organized retail crime and protect Florida consumers and retail businesses."

A priority of Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody and Florida’s retail industry, the legislation creates new third-degree and second-degree felony retail-theft crimes based on multiple retail thefts occurring in a limited period of time in different merchant locations. 

On Wednesday, Senators voted advanced SB 1534 in the Senate Committee on Appropriations.

"We’ve all heard around the country of the problems that have been occurring with thieves going in groups into businesses," shared Senator Boyd. "Hard-working men and women who put their life savings into these businesses and are getting robbed and goods stolen. In many cases [these thieves] have no penalties because the threshold isn’t high enough and they can get away with it. So they just go in and take what they can under that threshold."

If passed, the legislation would apply 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.

On Tuesday, HB 1511 passed the House Criminal Justice & Public Safety Subcommittee in a 15-3 Vote. 

"This is [becoming] a larger and larger problem," said Representative Clemons. "Not only in FL but across the nation. This piece of legislation will help the effectiveness of force and give our prosecutors the tools they need to prosecute these criminals and help strengthen our current law."

The National Retail Federation previously released a survey revealing that 69% of retailers saw an increase in organized retail crime over the past year. Sixty-five percent of retailers reported an increase in aggressive and violent gang activity than in years past. 

In December, Florida made national news when more than $1 million in goods were stolen from a small business retail storefront in Palm Beach.

SB 1534 will be heard next on the Senate floor. HB 1511 will be heard in the House Judiciary Committee next.

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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HB 1209 Filed by Representative Kaylee Tuck Helps Increase Access to Vaccine Administration in Pharmacies Across Florida

Tallahassee, FL – The Florida House Professions & Public Health Subcommittee today passed House Bill 1209 in a 17-1 vote, expanding access to vaccinations throughout retail pharmacies in Florida. 

The legislation authorizes registered pharmacy technicians to administer specified vaccines to those aged 18 years or older. The bill works to codify portions of the state statute from the Public Readiness and Emergency Preparedness (PREP) Act. 

“Increasing access to health care is important, and pharmacies have the capability to help," said Scott Shalley, president and CEO of the Florida Retail Federation. "Florida pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and pharmacy interns are skilled and experienced in administering vaccines, and this bill helps them deliver the care our communities need."

Registered pharmacy technicians are currently authorized to administer vaccines under the PREP Act. They have been trained per guidelines issued by the Department of Health and Human Services and approved by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education.  

"From the start of the pandemic, pharmacists, pharmacy interns and registered pharmacy technicians have been on the front lines, not only giving Floridians vaccines and boosters, but also meeting a full range of other healthcare needs," shared Representative Tuck.

During Wednesday's meeting, Grace Lovett, Vice President of Government Affairs of the Florida Retail Federation, testified in support of this legislation. 

"Thank you Representative Tuck for bringing this bill forward," said Grace Lovett, Vice President of Government Affairs of the Florida Retail Federation. "I believe it celebrates and recognizes all the hard work that pharmacies, pharmacists, pharmacy interns and techs have done in Florida during the health 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.

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 1, 2022
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The Florida Retail Federation Praises Senate Support of SB 1534 by Senator Jim Boyd in Second Committee Passage

Tallahassee, FL – The Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Criminal and Civil Justice unanimously passed Senate Bill 1534, Retail Theft, by Senator Jim Boyd, on Tuesday.

"Florida leads the way in holding criminals accountable for their actions," said Scott Shalley, president and CEO of the Florida Retail Federation. "This legislation will protect Florida retail businesses from the rising impacts of organized retail theft. Thanks to the leadership of Attorney General Moody, Senator Jim Boyd and the Florida Legislature, prosecutors will have the tools they need to pursue cases and impose meaningful penalties upon those who prey upon Florida’s business community."

SB 1534 and its companion, House Bill 1511 by Representative Chuck Clemons, will define and add penalties for organized retail theft in Florida. This legislation is a priority of Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody and Florida’s retail industry. 

"I think we have all have seen, heard and watched these smash-and-grab thefts going on across the country and the impact those have had on small business owners," explained Senator Boyd. "People are going to get hurt. I think we need to send the message in Florida that were not tolerating that. We’re not going to stand for it. We’re taking this seriously. You will go to jail if you do it. We will pursue you in Florida and we will penalize you for it."

The bill will create new third-degree and second-degree felony retail-theft crimes based on multiple retail thefts occurring in a limited period of time in different merchant locations. 

During Tuesday's meeting, Lorena Holley, Vice President and General Counsel of the Florida Retail Federation, waved in support of this legislation. 

The National Retail Federation previously released a survey revealing that 69% of retailers saw an increase in organized retail crime over the past year. Sixty-five percent of retailers reported an increase in aggressive and violent gang activity than in years past. 

In December, Florida made national news when more than $1 million in goods were stolen from a small business retail storefront in Palm Beach.

SB 1534 is scheduled to be heard next in the Senate Committee on Appropriations. 

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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The Florida Retail Federation Celebrates the Unanimous Passage of SB 1534 in Criminal Justice Committee

Tallahassee, FL – The Senate Committee on Criminal Justice unanimously passed  Senate Bill 1534, Retail Theft, by Senator Jim Boyd in a 9-0 vote during its first stop. 

SB 1534 is a priority of Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody and Florida’s retail industry. The legislation will define and add penalties for organized retail theft in Florida.

Presented by Senator Ed Hooper on behalf of Senator Boyd, the legislation will implement additional tools to prosecute the growing crime of retail theft. The bill focuses on the activity of "boosters."

"Boosters" are criminals who steal multiple items from multiple retail locations in a short period of time. As a result, it is difficult to quantify how much in value was stolen from the premises. 

During Tuesday's meeting, Grace Lovett, Vice President of Government Affairs of the Florida Retail Federation, testified in support of this legislation. 

"Organized retail crime (ORC) is a multi-billion dollar problem for retailers that turns into a cost for consumers," explained Lovett. "It's getting worse. It's getting more frequent, and it's getting more dangerous. We are grateful to have an Attorney General that has made combatting ORC a priority. FRF and its members fully support this bill."

The National Retail Federation released a recent survey revealing that 69% of retailers saw an increase in organized retail crime over the past year. Sixty-five percent of retailers reported an increase in aggressive and violent gang activity than in years past. 

SB 944 and its companion, HB 1511 by Representative Chuck Clemons, will work to enable Florida's judicial system holds criminals accountable for their actions.

"Organized retail crime has grown significantly over the past two years," said Scott Shalley, president and CEO of the Florida Retail Federation. "This is not petty theft from a convenience store. Organized retail crime refers to criminal gangs that routinely steal hundreds, thousands and sometimes millions of dollars of merchandise from retailers. Thanks to General Moody, Senator Boyd and Representative Clemons, we’re standing up to the gangs."

Just last month, Florida made national news when more than $1 million in goods were stolen from a small business retail storefront in Palm Beach.

The proposed legislation from General Moody will help stop organized retail theft rings attempting to evade capture and prosecution.

SB 1534 is scheduled to be heard next in the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Criminal and Civil Justice. 

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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