On April 10th, The Florida House of Representatives amended House Bill 987: Public Lodging Establishments, to require Persons required to register as sex offenders report to the Sheriff’s office where they will be staying, 48 hours before an intended stay at a Public Lodging Establishment, regardless of how long they will stay at the location!

In addition, operators of a Public Lodging Establishment who have a Person required to register as a sex offender staying at or within 1000 feet of their establishment, must notify all guests staying there.

Not only will this be impossible to comply with (you will need to report to the local Sheriff 48 hours before even arriving!), but burdens the travel rights of persons who have served their time and without any individualized assessment of their risk to the community.

It is IMPORTANT that you contact your legislator to tell them to OPPOSE this bill! NOW!

A copy of the Amendment can be found here: https://www.flsenate.gov/Session/Bill/2019/987/Amendment/348655/PDF

A copy of the Bill can be found here: https://www.flsenate.gov/Session/Bill/2019/987/BillText/c2/PDF

You can find House Committees and Representatives serving here:  https://www.myfloridahouse.gov/Sections/Committees/committees.aspx

You can find all Representatives here: Florida House of Representatives Complete List

You can find all Senators here: Florida Senate Complete List

You can find your specific State and US Representatives here: https://openstates.org/find_your_legislator/

 

 

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