Florida bill seeks to outlaw loud music from car stereos

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - A bill making progress in the Florida Senate seeks to turn down loud music blaring from car stereos.

The measure sailed through the Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday.

The proposal (SB 634) aims to reinstate a law struck down by the Florida Supreme Court last year.

The high court said the law violated free speech rights partly because it exempted vehicles used for business or political purposes. The new version being considered by Florida lawmakers doesn't include those exemptions.

The new bill retains a key provision of the struck-down law that said a stereo must be "plainly audible" from 25 feet or more in order to be illegal. The high court did not have a problem with that requirement.

The proposed violation would carry a $30 fine.

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