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A Tallahassee lawmaker wants to crack down on fans who run on the field

Sen Corey Simon smiles as he converses with Sen. Tom Wright and Sen. Dennis Baxley on the chamber floor.
Phil Sears
Sen. Tom Wright, from left, R-Port Orange, Sen. Corey Simon, R-Tallahassee and Sen. Dennis Baxley, R-Ocala talk together on the Senate floor on Feb. 6, 2023, in Tallahassee, FL.

Fans who run onto the field during sporting events, try to hit players or coaches or hurl objects into games could face first-degree misdemeanor charges, under a measure filed Tuesday by Sen. Corey Simon, R-Tallahassee.

Simon filed the proposal (SB 764) for consideration during the legislative session that will start March 7. It also would apply to other entertainment venues.

A similar measure (HB 319) was filed last month by Rep. Taylor Yarkosky, R-Montverde.

The proposal by Simon, who was an All-American defensive tackle at Florida State University before playing eight years in the National Football League, said fans could face first-degree misdemeanor charges, which carry up to a year in jail and fines up to $2,500, if they “knowingly enter or remain unlawfully upon the covered area of a sporting or entertainment event.”

The same charge could be applied for throwing objects on the field or attempting to strike players or coaches. Also, the bill would seek to prevent people from benefiting financially from such actions.