Florida Senate - 2022 SB 158
By Senator Harrell
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
16 843.22 Traveling across county lines with intent to commit
17 a felony
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
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
33 1. “Burglary, ” m eans 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.