Florida Senate - 2013 CS for SB 118 By the Committee on Criminal Justice; and Senators Benacquisto and Evers 591-01686-13 2013118c1 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to funerals and burials; creating s. 3 871.015, F.S.; providing definitions; prohibiting 4 engaging in protest activities within a specified 5 distance of the property line of the location of a 6 funeral or burial; providing an exception; providing 7 criminal penalties; providing an effective date. 8 9 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 10 11 Section 1. Section 871.015, Florida Statutes, is created to 12 read: 13 871.015 Unlawful protests.— 14 (1) As used in this section, the term: 15 (a) “Funeral or burial” means a service or ceremony offered 16 or provided in connection with the final disposition, 17 memorialization, internment, entombment, or inurnment of human 18 remains or cremated human remains. 19 (b) “Funeral procession” has the same meaning as provided 20 in s. 316.1974. 21 (c) “Protest activities” means any action, including 22 picketing, which is undertaken with the intent to interrupt or 23 disturb a funeral or burial. 24 (2) A person may not knowingly engage in protest activities 25 or knowingly cause protest activities to occur within 500 feet 26 of the property line of a residence, cemetery, funeral home, 27 house of worship, or other location during or within 1 hour 28 before or 1 hour after the conducting of a funeral or burial at 29 that place. This subsection does not prohibit protest activities 30 that occur adjacent to that portion of a funeral procession 31 which extends beyond 500 feet of the property line of the 32 location of the funeral or burial. 33 (3) A person who violates this section commits a 34 misdemeanor of the first degree, punishable as provided in s. 35 775.082 or s. 775.083. 36 Section 2. This act shall take effect October 1, 2013.