HB 31

A bill to be entitled
2An act relating to funerals, burials, and memorial
3services; creating s. 871.015, F.S.; providing a
4definition; prohibiting picketing or engaging in other
5protest activities within a specified distance of the
6property line of the location of a funeral, burial, or
7memorial service for certain persons; providing
8criminal penalties; providing an effective date.
10Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
12     Section 1.  Section 871.015, Florida Statutes, is created
13to read:
14     871.015  Unlawful protests.-
15     (1)  As used in this section, the term "other protest
16activities" means any actions that are disruptive or undertaken
17to disrupt or disturb a funeral, burial, or memorial service.
18     (2)  A person may not knowingly picket or engage in other
19protest activities, and a person may not knowingly cause
20picketing or other protest activities to occur, within 500 feet
21of the property line of any residence, cemetery, funeral home,
22house of worship, or other location during or within 1 hour
23before or 1 hour after the conducting of a funeral, burial, or
24memorial service at that place for any military service member,
25emergency response worker, elected official, or minor.
26     (3)  A person who violates this section commits a
27misdemeanor of the first degree, punishable as provided in s.
28775.082 or s. 775.083.
29     Section 2.  This act shall take effect October 1, 2012.

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