Florida Senate - 2016                        COMMITTEE AMENDMENT
       Bill No. SB 1152
                              LEGISLATIVE ACTION                        
                    Senate             .             House              
                  Comm: RCS            .                                
                  02/16/2016           .                                

       The Committee on Community Affairs (Diaz de la Portilla)
       recommended the following:
    1         Senate Amendment (with title amendment)
    3         Delete everything after the enacting clause
    4  and insert:
    5         Section 1. Section 501.180, Florida Statutes, is created to
    6  read:
    7         501.180Safe-haven facilities.—
    8         (1)As used in this section, the term “safe-haven facility”
    9  means a public local government building approved by the local
   10  governmental body to be used by the public for the purpose of
   11  conducting a sales transaction involving an item or a service
   12  that was offered for sale on a classified advertisement website.
   13         (2)Local governmental bodies may designate at least:
   14         (a)One safe-haven facility in each county with a
   15  population of less than 250,000 residents.
   16         (b)Two safe-haven facilities in each county with at least
   17  250,000 but less than 800,000 residents.
   18         (c)Four safe-haven facilities in each county with 800,000
   19  or more residents.
   20         (3)A safe-haven facility must be easily accessible so that
   21  an individual is not discouraged from using the location. A
   22  local governmental body may approve the use of a public local
   23  government building, such as a sheriff’s office or a county
   24  courthouse, to serve as a safe-haven facility.
   25         (4)A local governmental entity, or its officers,
   26  employees, or agents, that provides a safe-haven facility is not
   27  responsible for overseeing the sales transaction and is not
   28  otherwise liable for the actions of the parties involved in the
   29  transaction or nonparties present at the transaction.
   30         (5)An action may not be initiated on a claim against the
   31  state or local government or any of its agencies or subdivisions
   32  based on an incident that occurs during a sales transaction at a
   33  safe-haven facility involving an individual who is not an
   34  officer, employee, or agent of the state or local government or
   35  of its agencies or subdivisions.
   36         Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2016.
   38  ================= T I T L E  A M E N D M E N T ================
   39  And the title is amended as follows:
   40         Delete everything before the enacting clause
   41  and insert:
   42                        A bill to be entitled                      
   43         An act relating to classified advertisement websites;
   44         creating s. 501.180, F.S.; defining the term “safe
   45         haven facility”; authorizing local governmental bodies
   46         to designate a specified number of safe-haven
   47         facilities in each county based upon population size;
   48         authorizing a local governmental body to approve the
   49         use of local government buildings to serve as safe
   50         haven facilities; limiting the liability of any local
   51         governmental entity that provides a safe-haven
   52         facility; limiting actions against the state or local
   53         government related to transactions taking place at a
   54         safe-haven facility; providing an effective date.
   56         WHEREAS, there have been a number of cases throughout this
   57  state in which people selling cellphones, computers, or other
   58  valuable goods through classified advertisement websites have
   59  been targeted by criminals who intended to rob them when they
   60  met to exchange goods for cash, and
   61         WHEREAS, even when the victims of these crimes select
   62  public and populated locations for the transactions that they
   63  feel are safe, such as shopping centers or parks, they still
   64  fall prey to these criminals, and
   65         WHEREAS, identifying locations to serve as safe havens for
   66  transactions related to classified advertisement websites will
   67  deter these crimes and provide greater safety throughout the
   68  state, NOW, THEREFORE,