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CFO Patronis Applauds Passage of Catalytic Converter Anti-theft Legislation

4/20/2023
For Immediate Release: Thursday, April 20, 2023
Contact: Office of Communications, Communications@MyFloridaCFO.com, 850.413.2842

CFO Patronis Applauds Passage of Catalytic Converter Anti-theft Legislation

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Today, Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Jimmy Patronis issued a statement following the passage of Senate Bill 306 by Senator Jim Boyd and Representative Fred Hawkins in the Florida House of Representatives. This legislation will now move to the Governor’s desk. Senate Bill 306 creates the "Catalytic Converter Antitheft Act"; which addresses tampering with and theft of catalytic converters.

CFO Jimmy Patronis said, “My thanks to Senator Boyd and Representative Hawkins for pushing this bill through the Florida Legislature and putting an emphasis on protecting Floridians. Our law enforcement professionals have been battling the scourge of catalytic converter theft for some time, and this legislation will provide more teeth in the fight to prevent these types of crimes. I am confident that this legislation will close loopholes in the law and provide better protections for Florida consumers.”

Senator Jim Boyd said, “The theft of catalytic converters has been rampant throughout the state of Florida and this good legislation will help bring bad actors to justice. I was proud to sponsor this bill in the Senate and appreciate CFO Patronis for lending his support to this bill and his efforts to keep Florida safe.”

Representative Fred Hawkins said, “I am very pleased to pass SB 306 through the Florida House today which will put additional safeguards in place for Florida’s citizens so they do not fall victim to theft. We are holding these thefts to account, and I am thankful for CFO Patronis’ for his assistance in ensuring this bill makes its way to the Governor’s desk.”

To view CFO Patronis’ 2023 “Keep Florida Free” Legislative Priorities, click HERE.

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About CFO Jimmy Patronis  
Chief Financial Officer and State Fire Marshal Jimmy Patronis is a statewide elected official and a member of Florida’s Cabinet who oversees the Department of Financial Services. CFO Patronis works each day to fight insurance fraud, support Florida’s firefighters, and ensure the state’s finances are stable to support economic growth in the state. Follow the activities of the Department on Facebook (FLDFS) and Twitter (@FLDFS).

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