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HB 1031 — Marine Turtle Protection

by Rep. Altman and others (SB 1228 by Senators Gainer and Hutson)

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 the offense severity ranking chart provided in s. 921.0022(3), F.S., to:

  • Update the cross-reference to s. 379.2431(1)(e)7., F.S., relating to soliciting or conspiring to commit a violation of the Marine Turtle Protection Act; and
  • Add s. 379.2431(1)(e)6., F.S., relating to the possession of a marine turtle species or hatchling, or parts thereof, or the nest of any marine turtle species.

Under the bill, both offenses are Level 3 offenses.

If approved by the Governor, these provisions take effect July 1, 2017.

Vote: Senate 36-2; House 117-0