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TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/NSF) – A House Republican on Tuesday filed a proposal that would increase criminal penalties for people who commit assault, battery or sexual battery on real-estate agents.

The bill (HB 47), filed by Rep. Kathleen Passidomo, R-Naples, will be considered during the 2016 legislative session.

Under the measure, criminal charges would be upgraded for attacks on real-estate brokers, broker associates and sales associates.

As an example, an attack that ordinarily would be a first-degree misdemeanor would be reclassified to a third-degree felony. As another example, an attack that would ordinarily be a second-degree felony would be reclassified as a first-degree felony.

“The News Service of Florida contributed to this report.”

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