CS/HB 31

A bill to be entitled
2An act relating to protest activities; creating s.
3871.015, F.S.; providing definitions; prohibiting
4engaging in protest activities within a specified
5distance of the property line of the location of a
6funeral, burial, or memorial service; providing
7criminal penalties; providing an effective date.
9Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
11     Section 1.  Section 871.015, Florida Statutes, is created
12to read:
13     871.015  Unlawful protests.-
14     (1)  As used in this section, the term:
15     (a)  "Funeral, burial, or memorial service" means any
16service offered or provided in connection with the final
17disposition, memorialization, interment, entombment, or
18inurnment of human remains or cremated human remains.
19     (b)  "Protest activities" means any action, including
20picketing, that is undertaken with the intent to interrupt or
21disturb a funeral, burial, or memorial service.
22     (2)  A person may not knowingly engage in protest
23activities or knowingly cause protest activities to occur within
24500 feet of the property line of any residence, cemetery,
25funeral home, house of worship, or other location during or
26within 1 hour before or 1 hour after the conducting of a
27funeral, burial, or memorial service at that place.
28     (3)  A person who violates this section commits a
29misdemeanor of the first degree, punishable as provided in s.
30775.082 or s. 775.083.
31     Section 2.  This act shall take effect October 1, 2012.

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