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2An act relating to false or misleading electronic mail;
3amending s. 668.606, F.S.; providing an exemption from
4criminal liability for certain carriers whose equipment
5transmits commercial electronic mail messages that violate
6s. 668.603, F.S., which prohibits specified actions
7relating to transmission of false or misleading
8unsolicited commercial electronic mail messages; amending
9s. 668.6075, F.S., and renumbering and amending subsection
10(2) thereof as s. 668.610, F.S.; providing that remedies
11and penalties under the Electronic Mail Communications Act
12are cumulative; creating s. 668.608, F.S.; providing
13criminal penalties for violations of s. 668.603, F.S.,
14which prohibits specified actions relating to transmission
15of false or misleading unsolicited commercial electronic
16mail messages; providing applicability; providing an
17effective date.
19Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
21     Section 1.  Subsection (2) of section 668.606, Florida
22Statutes, is amended to read:
23     668.606  Civil remedies; service provider immunity.--
24     (2)  This part does not create a cause of action or provide
25for criminal charges against an interactive computer service,
26telephone company, or cable provider whose equipment is used to
27transport, handle, or retransmit a commercial electronic mail
28message that violates s. 668.603.
29     Section 2.  Section 668.6075, Florida Statutes, is amended,
30and subsection (2) of that section is renumbered as section
31668.610, Florida Statutes, and amended to read:
32     668.6075  Unfair and deceptive trade practices Violations
33of s. 668.603.--
34     (1)  A violation of s. 668.603 shall be deemed an unfair
35and deceptive trade practice within the meaning of part II of
36chapter 501. In addition to any remedies or penalties set forth
37in that part, a violator shall be subject to the penalties and
38remedies provided for in this part.
39     668.610  Cumulative remedies.--
40     (2)  The remedies and criminal penalties of this part are
41in addition to remedies and criminal penalties otherwise
42available for the same conduct under federal or state law.
43     Section 3.  Section 668.608, Florida Statutes, is created
44to read:
45     668.608  Criminal violations.--
46     (1)  Except as provided in subsection (2), any person who
47violates s. 668.603 commits a misdemeanor of the first degree,
48punishable as provided in s. 775.082 or s. 775.083.
49     (2)  Any person who violates s. 668.603 commits a felony of
50the third degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082, s.
51775.083, or s. 775.084, if:
52     (a)  The volume of commercial electronic mail messages
53transmitted by the person exceeds 10,000 attempted recipients in
54any 24-hour period;
55     (b)  The volume of commercial electronic mail messages
56transmitted by the person exceeds 100,000 attempted recipients
57in any 30-day period;
58     (c)  The volume of commercial electronic mail messages
59transmitted by the person exceeds 1 million attempted recipients
60in any 1-year period;
61     (d)  The revenue generated from a specific commercial
62electronic mail message transmitted by the person exceeds
64     (e)  The total revenue generated from all commercial
65electronic mail messages transmitted by the person to any
66electronic mail message service provider or its subscribers
67exceeds $50,000;
68     (f)  The person knowingly hires, employs, uses, or permits
69any minor to assist in the transmission of a commercial
70electronic mail message in violation of s. 668.603; or
71     (g)  The person commits a violation otherwise punishable
72under subsection (1) within a 5-year period after a previous
73conviction under this section.
74     Section 4.  This act shall take effect July 1, 2006, and
75shall apply to violations committed on or after that date.

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