TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/NSF) – In a priority of Speaker Chris Sprowls, R-Palm Harbor, a House committee on Monday unanimously approved a bill that would crack down on people who run scams about vaccines and personal protective equipment during pandemics.
The vote by the House Judiciary Committee positioned the bill (HB 9) to be heard by the full House after the annual legislative session begins Tuesday.READ MORE: Florida Appeals Court Upholds Law On Local Gun Regulations
Sponsor Ardian Zika, R-Land O’ Lakes, said it stems from people using authentic-looking websites to run scams that purportedly offer access to COVID-19 vaccines or personal protective equipment.READ MORE: 'Help Is On The Way': Gov. Ron DeSantis Files Lawsuit Against Feds, CDC To Reopen Cruise Ship Industry
“This is important legislation that protects Florida consumers against fraud during a pandemic,” Zika said.
The bill would lead to felony charges for people who run the scams and would authorize the attorney general to seek injunctions to shut down websites or other platforms that are used to spread fraudulent information.MORE NEWS: WATCH: Girl Challenges Pittsburgh Police Officer And Former Pitt Football Player To Race
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