Rep. Dana Young’s bill cracking down on video voyeurism passes House

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Representative Dana Young’s bill to increase the penalties associated with the crime of video voyeurism took its final step toward becoming law by passing the House this afternoon. It now will head to Governor Scott’s office for his signature.

SB 436/HB 215 increases the penalties for the crime of video voyeurism from a misdemeanor to a felony, giving prosecutors the ability to obtain the evidence needed and appropriately punish those individuals who commit this serious crime.

“With the advances in technology today, which allow the instantaneous transmission of these images and videos via the internet, violations of this type have the potential to literally destroy the life, family, and career of an innocent victim. We must modernize this law to address these changes in technology and give prosecutors the tools to enforce proper penalties against those who prey upon the privacy of our citizens.” said Rep. Dana Young.

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