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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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FEBRUARY 10, 2022
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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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FEBRUARY 2, 2022
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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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