Florida Senate to consider bill to improve Realtor safety at work

  • Legislation is moving in the Florida Senate to increase penalties for harming Realtors.
  • The Senate sponsor, Nancy Detert, says that the attacks are predatory, premeditated and targeted toward a female-dominated profession.
  • There have been a variety of concerning incidents against Realtors within the past few months.

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Earlier this week, the Florida State Senate began to consider a piece of legislation that is designed to more harshly punish those who attack real estate agents. In light of recent attacks and stalking incidents involving those in the real estate profession, Sen. Nancy Detert, R-Venice, introduced the legislation. It was being considered by the appropriate committees as of Feb. 23. Sen. Detert said that since most in the real estate profession are female, and since the attacks that have occurred are for the most part premeditated, the bill was long overdue. Her bill makes crimes committed - assaults, batteries and sexual batteries - against real-estate brokers and associates when they are showing property more serious offenses. The bill would increase the classification of crimes such as assault, aggravated assault, battery, aggravated battery, and sexual battery one level, meaning an attack that was previously a misdemeanor of the first degree would be reclassified a...