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CS/CS/CS/HB 165 — Written Threats to Conduct Mass Shootings or Acts of Terrorism

by Judiciary Committee; Justice Appropriations Subcommittee; Criminal Justice Subcommittee; and Rep. McClain and others (CS/CS/SB 310 by Appropriations Committee; Criminal Justice Committee; and Senators Steube and Baxley)

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. 836.10, F.S., to prohibit a person from making, posting, or transmitting a threat in a writing or other record, including an electronic record, to conduct a mass shooting or an act of terrorism, in any manner that would allow another person to view the threat.

The bill also specifies that no liability is imposed upon a provider of an interactive computer service, communications services, as defined in s.  202.11, F.S., a commercial mobile service, or an information service if it provides service for use by another person who violates s. 836.10, F.S.

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

Vote: Senate 37-0; House 94-7