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Bill passed to stop gas pump card skimmers

Posted at 2:37 PM, Mar 08, 2016

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Gas stations will have to install security devices on pumps to make sure illegal credit card skimmers aren't placed in them under a bill now going to Gov. Rick Scott.

The House passed the bill Tuesday on a 111-1 vote a week after the Senate passed it unanimously.

The legislation was a top priority for Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam, whose department has been investigating the use of skimmers to steal credit card information.

The bill (SB 912) also increases penalties for stealing credit card information, while lowering the number of stolen credit cards a person can have before facing felony charges.

Gas station owners would have to report any attempts to tamper with pumps.