- Associated Press - Thursday, February 11, 2016

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - A person who more than once violates restraining orders issued to protect people from domestic violence or stalking would face felony charges under a bill the Florida Senate passed.

The Senate voted unanimously Thursday for the bill. Right now, violating a restraining order is a misdemeanor. If the bill (SB 380) becomes law, second and subsequent convictions would be a third-degree felony punishable by up to five years in prison.

The House has a similar bill (HB 101) that is ready for a floor vote.

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