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Law Breaker

Should I be charged for a felony for taking this photograph? I'm sure some of you are thinking...joke. But this is not a joke. Taking photographs from the roadside of a sunrise over hay bales near the Suwannee River, horses grazing near Ocala or sunset over citrus groves along the Indian River could land you in jail under a Senate bill filed Monday.


SB 1246 by Sen. Jim Norman, R-Tampa, would make it a first-degree felony to photograph a farm without first obtaining written permission from the owner. A farm is defined as any land "cultivated for the purpose of agricultural production, the raising and breeding of domestic animals or the storage of a commodity." A first-degree felony is punishable by up to thirty years in prison, thirty years probation, and a $10,000 fine.


This is serious and all of us should take it seriously. Most likely a bill such as this will not pass but the simple fact that it can make it to a vote is threat in itself. Please post a photo you have of a farm or an animal, something that would be banned under this law, then post this message.


This is the email for Sen. Jim Norman: I suggest everyone flood his office with emails or call him and tie up his phone lines: (813) 265-6260


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Taken on October 4, 2009