Florida Senate - 2011 CS for SB 1246 By the Committee on Agriculture; and Senators Norman and Hays 575-02798-11 20111246c1 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to farms; prohibiting a person from 3 entering onto a farm and making any audio record, 4 photograph, or video record at the farm without the 5 owner’s written consent; providing exceptions; 6 providing definitions; providing penalties; providing 7 an effective date. 8 9 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 10 11 Section 1. (1) Any person, except an employee or agent of 12 the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services acting 13 pursuant to s. 570.15, Florida Statutes, or a law enforcement 14 officer conducting a lawful inspection or investigation, who 15 enters onto a farm or other property where legal agriculture 16 operations are being conducted and produces audio or video 17 records without the written consent of the owner or an 18 authorized representative of the owner, commits misdemeanor of 19 the first degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082 or s. 20 775.083, Florida Statutes. 21 (2) As used in this section, the term: 22 (a) “Audio or video records” means any audio or video 23 recording, regardless of the recording medium or format, 24 including, but not limited to, photographs, audio or videotapes, 25 cd’s, dvd’s, or streaming media, whether stored on film stock, 26 hard disks, solid state storage, or any electrical, magnetic, or 27 optical or other form of data storage. 28 (b) “Farm” means any tract of land cultivated for the 29 purpose of agricultural production, the raising and breeding of 30 domestic animals, or the storage of a commodity. 31 Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2011.