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Florida Anti-Graffiti Bill Filed by State Senator Darren Soto

One state senator would like to get spray paint cans out of the hands of kids.

Particularly, he says, by imposing a $500 fine for businesses caught selling anyone under the age of 18 a spray paint can.

State Sen. Darren Soto, D-Orlando, filed a bill that says that the fines collected would go to local governments to pay for cleaning up parks, buildings and other areas that have been covered in graffiti.

Local government has always been fighting graffiti artists, but without much success (unless you count killing a kid with a Taser "success").

Several places, like Miami-Dade, already have bans prohibiting the sale of spray paint cans to minors.

The Seminole County Sheriff's Office reports that there have been 88 incidents of graffiti since they began tracking artists and taggers in 2012.

Though they don't necessarily use the info to track down those responsible but, rather, clean up the buildings and areas that have been painted.

But Soto has taken up the fight after a neighborhood association in the Orange County district he represents brought their problems with graffiti up to him.

Soto's bill says that not only will stores that sell to minors be fined, but any one under 18 caught with a spray paint can will be fined $50.

Will it work? Only time will tell.

Also, no.

But, in case you're keeping score at home, Florida lawmakers are fighting to allow teens to buy a gun, but not a spray paint can.

Nice work, everyone!

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