Florida Senate - 2022 CS for CS for SB 1664 By the Committees on Rules; and Judiciary; and Senators Perry and Boyd 595-03328-22 20221664c2 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to residential picketing; creating s. 3 810.15, F.S.; defining the term “dwelling”; 4 prohibiting a person from picketing or protesting 5 before or about the dwelling of a person with 6 specified intent; providing criminal penalties; 7 requiring a specified warning before arresting a 8 person for a certain violation; providing an effective 9 date. 10 11 WHEREAS, the state has a significant interest in protecting 12 the tranquility and privacy of the home and protecting citizens 13 from the detrimental effect of targeted picketing, and 14 WHEREAS, the Supreme Court of the United States recognized 15 this interest in upholding a challenged ordinance restricting 16 residential picketing in Frisby v. Schultz, 487 U.S. 474 (1988), 17 NOW, THEREFORE, 18 19 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 20 21 Section 1. Section 810.15, Florida Statutes, is created to 22 read: 23 810.15 Residential picketing.— 24 (1) As used in this section, the term “dwelling” means any 25 building, structure, or portion thereof which is occupied as, or 26 designed or intended for occupancy as, a residence by one or 27 more families. 28 (2) It is unlawful for a person to picket or protest before 29 or about the dwelling of a person with the intent to harass or 30 disturb that person in his or her dwelling. 31 (3) A person who violates this section commits a 32 misdemeanor of the second degree, punishable as provided in s. 33 775.082 or s. 775.083. 34 (4) Before a person may be arrested for a violation of this 35 section, a law enforcement officer as defined in s. 943.10 or 36 any local, state, federal, or military law enforcement agency 37 must go as near to the person as may be done with safety and 38 shall command any person picketing or protesting before or about 39 the dwelling of a person to immediately and peaceably disperse. 40 If any such person does not thereupon immediately and peaceably 41 disperse, he or she may be arrested for a violation of this 42 section. 43 Section 2. This act shall take effect October 1, 2022.