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Senate Panel To Take Up Felony Theft Changes

Sen. Randolph Bracy (D-Ocoee)
Florida House of Representatives
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Sen. Randolph Bracy (D-Ocoee)
Sen. Randolph Bracy (D-Ocoee)
Credit Florida House of Representatives
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Sen. Randolph Bracy (D-Ocoee)

Shortly after lawmakers gavel in the 2018 session they’ll start working on measures in committee.  A Senate Criminal Justice panel will take up a raft of reforms including Sen. Randolph Bracy’s (D- Ocoee) bill raising the threshold for felony theft.

“Now why is this important?" Bracy asked at a November press conference.  "It will make Florida smarter on crime and save taxpayers money, it will ensure that prison is reserved for those who are a threat to society.  It will reduce crime."

"And as it has been said, many states—47 states—have higher felony thresholds than Florida.”

A bipartisan contingent of lawmakers is laying out an ambitious criminal justice agenda including tweaks for mandatory minimum sentences and bail reform.  

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Nick Evans came to Tallahassee to pursue a masters in communications at Florida State University. He graduated in 2014, but not before picking up an internship at WFSU. While he worked on his degree Nick moved from intern, to part-timer, to full-time reporter. Before moving to Tallahassee, Nick lived in and around the San Francisco Bay Area for 15 years. He listens to far too many podcasts and is a die-hard 49ers football fan. When Nick’s not at work he likes to cook, play music and read.