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Senator Bean, District 4 — Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

January 25, 2017

CONTACT: Austin Nicklas, (904) 757-5039,
Victoria Brill, (941) 480-3560


Terrorism Prevention Legislation Filed in House and Senate

Bill will expand the definition of terrorism and provide new and increased penalties for those involved in any aspect of terrorism.

Tallahassee, FL – Senator Aaron Bean (R-Jacksonville) and Representative Julio Gonzalez (R-Sarasota) have filed Senate Bill 476 and House Bill 457, Terrorism and Terrorist Activities, expanding the definition of the term “terrorism” and providing new and increased penalties for those involved in any aspect of terrorism.

“In the wake of the horrific terror attack in Orlando, the State of Florida must take a strong stance against terrorism,” said Senator Bean. “This bill will provide new and harsher punishments for those engaging in acts of terror and will allow law enforcement to combat this rising threat more effectively.”

The bill provides that violation of specified provisions with certain intent is a crime of terrorism. In addition, the bill provides penalties for any person who willfully becomes a member of a designated foreign terrorist organization and serves with the intent to pursue illegal acts.

“Combating those who threaten our democracy and our way of life is pivotal to maintaining a vibrant republic and to protecting our future. I am thrilled to join Senator Bean and Commissioner Swearingen in the fight against terrorism in our state,” stated Representative Gonzalez.

The bill also prohibits providing material support or resources to any designated foreign terrorist organizations and prohibits engaging in other illegal actions in connection with these organizations. Lastly, it will require the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to create specified guidelines pertaining to terrorism.

“We appreciate this legislation and its support of our mission to promote public safety and strengthen domestic security,” said FDLE Commissioner Swearingen. “By providing law enforcement with the tools to help prevent future attacks, we are poised to take a more proactive approach in fighting terrorism.”