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HB 491 — Theft

by Rep. Roth and others (CS/SB 776 by Criminal Justice Committee and Senator Grimsley)

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 s. 812.014(2)(c)7., F.S., to increase the fine from up to $5,000 to $10,000 in cases of felony theft of a commercially farmed animal, including an animal of the equine, avian, bovine, or swine class or other grazing animal; or a bee colony of a registered beekeeper.

This fine increase puts these agriculture-related thefts on par with aquaculture species theft which currently requires a $10,000 fine.

If approved by the Governor, these provisions take effect October 1, 2018.

Vote: Senate 36-0; House 114-0