TALLAHASSEE (CBS4) – Florida’s Senate want to beef up the penalty for any caught with a stolen credit or debit card.

In a move to combat the wave of stolen and debit cards in the state, the chamber voted 38-0 for a bill that would make it a third-degree felony for possessing a stolen card if the person knows or should know that the card is stolen. Prosecutors would not have to prove intent to sell or even use the card.

Current law makes possession of a stolen card a misdemeanor.

The language of the new law addresses only the physical cards and not stolen card numbers. Using stolen numbers is covered by other laws.

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