Florida Senate - 2022                                     SB 158
       By Senator Harrell
       25-00323-22                                            2022158__
    1                        A bill to be entitled                      
    2         An act relating to traveling across county lines with
    3         intent to commit a felony; amending s. 843.22, F.S.;
    4         defining the term “felony offense”; providing for
    5         reclassification of certain felony offenses when the
    6         person who commits the offense crosses a county line
    7         with specified intent; removing the requirement for
    8         reclassification that an offender’s travel be for the
    9         purpose of thwarting law enforcement attempts to track
   10         stolen items; providing an effective date.
   12  Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
   14         Section 1. Section 843.22, Florida Statutes, is amended to
   15  read:
   16         843.22 Traveling across county lines with intent to commit
   17  a felony burglary.—
   18         (1) As used in this section, the term:
   19         (a) “County of residence” means the county within this
   20  state in which a person resides. Evidence of a person’s county
   21  of residence includes, but is not limited to:
   22         1. The address on a person’s driver license or state
   23  identification card;
   24         2. Records of real property or mobile home ownership;
   25         3. Records of a lease agreement for residential property;
   26         4. The county in which a person’s motor vehicle is
   27  registered;
   28         5. The county in which a person is enrolled in an
   29  educational institution; and
   30         6. The county in which a person is employed.
   31         (b) “Felony offense” means a felony violation of any of the
   32  following:
   33         1.Burglary,” means burglary as defined in s. 810.02.,
   34         2.Grand theft, as prohibited under s. 812.014.
   36  For purposes of this paragraph, the term includes including an
   37  attempt, solicitation, or conspiracy to commit such offense.
   38         (2) If a person who commits a felony offense burglary
   39  travels any distance with the intent to commit the felony
   40  offense burglary in a county in this state other than the
   41  person’s county of residence, the degree of the felony offense
   42  burglary shall be reclassified to the next higher degree if the
   43  purpose of the person’s travel is to thwart law enforcement
   44  attempts to track the items stolen in the burglary. For purposes
   45  of sentencing under chapter 921 and determining incentive gain
   46  time eligibility under chapter 944, a felony offense burglary
   47  that is reclassified under this section is ranked one level
   48  above the ranking specified in s. 921.0022 or s. 921.0023 for
   49  the felony offense burglary committed.
   50         Section 2. This act shall take effect October 1, 2022.