Fort Lauderdale, FL- A recently proposed bill would make criminal penalties tougher for individuals who commit crimes against real-estate agents in Florida.
The Tampa Business Journal reports that last week the Criminal Justice Committee approve the bill, S.B. 214, but it must pass through two other committees before it appears before the Senate for a vote. A similar bill has already hit the House floor.
S.B. 214 would increase the severity of robberies, assaults and sex crimes committed against real-estate agents, brokers or sales associated when they show a property.
The sponsor of the bill, Nancy Detert, R-Venice said that crimes against realtors are “premeditated.” Detert added, according to the Palm Beach Post, “They’re making an appointment with you to assault, murder or rob you. It’s the stalking aspect. It’s the fact that it’s mostly a female occupation.”
The law is a response to the danger real-estate agents face when they are simply trying to do their jobs. According to the Business Journal, a 2015 survey conducted by the National Association of Realtors which found that two percent of association members were robbed while working, and one percent of association member said they were assaulted.
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