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CS/CS/SB 436 — Crime of Making Threats of Terror or Violence

by Appropriations Committee; Criminal Justice Committee; and Senators Simpson, Dean, Evers, Stargel, Detert, and Bradley)

This summary is provided for information only and does not represent the opinion of any Senator, Senate Officer, or Senate Office.

Prepared by: Criminal Justice Committee (CJ)

The bill amends ss. 790.163 and 790.164, F.S., which prohibit making false reports concerning planting a bomb, explosive, or weapon of mass destruction, to also prohibit making a false report concerning use of a firearm in a violent manner. Commission of either of these offenses is a second degree felony, punishable by up to 15 years imprisonment and a $10,000 fine.

The bill creates s. 836.12, F.S., making it a first degree misdemeanor to threaten a law enforcement officer, state attorney or assistant state attorney, firefighter, judge, elected official, or any of their family members with death or serious bodily harm. A second or subsequent offense would be a third degree felony.

If approved by the Governor, these provisions take effect October 1, 2016.

Vote: Senate 40-0; House 116-0