New laws come into effect October 1 in Florida
TALLAHASSEE, Florida – October comes with a whole new set of laws in Florida.
Most of the state’s new laws from last year’s legislative session came into effect on July 1, but 24 new laws are now joining the list.
Here are some of the more notable laws:
Tobacco and nicotine products: (SB 1080): In addition to raising the legal age to 21, a new law prohibits smoking or vaping on or within 1,000 feet of school property.
“Child Safety Alarms Act” (SB 252): Requires certain vehicles to be equipped with a reliable alarm system that meets specific criteria. It requires the Ministry of Children and Families to adopt minimum safety standards for such systems by regulation and to maintain a list of manufacturers of alarms and approved alarm systems, etc.
Crimes Against Veterans (SB 294): Provides a heavier sentence for anyone who commits aggravated white collar crimes against a number of veterans by obtaining or attempting to obtain a specified sum of money; provide for criminal penalties.
Electronic crimes: (HB 921): Prohibits a person from sending, posting or transmitting, or procuring the sending, posting or transmission of written or electronic recordings when a person threatens to kill or injure someone else or to carry out mass shootings or an act of terrorism.
Shark fins (SB 680): Prohibits the import, export and sale of shark fins in this state; provide for exceptions; require the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to assess the potential economic impacts on the commercial shark fishing industry in that state; require the commission to consider the potential impact on shark populations; require a report to the Legislative Assembly by a specified date; authorizing the legislator to ban the domestic production of shark fins based on the findings of the report, etc.
Illegal use of DNA (HB 833): Prohibits DNA analysis and disclosure of DNA analysis results without express consent; abolish penal sanctions; prohibits the collection or retention of DNA samples from another person without express consent for specified purposes; prohibits specified DNA testing and disclosure of DNA test results without express consent; provides for criminal penalties.
Commercial service airports: (HB 915): Creates more surveillance of commercial airports in Florida with specific audits; requiring certain members of the governing body of a large commercial service airport to comply with certain financial disclosure requirements; requiring the governing body of a municipality, county or special district that operates a commercial service airport to establish and maintain a website; require the governing body to publish or provide links to certain information on the website; requiring commercial service airports to comply with certain contractual requirements; requiring members of the governing body and employees of a commercial service airport to comply with certain ethical requirements; requiring the ministry to review this information and submit an annual report to the governor and the legislature; prohibit the spending of certain funds unless specified conditions are met, etc.
License plate fee (HB 387): Establishes the collection of a uniform fee of $ 25 for a specialized license plate, unless otherwise specified
In addition to these laws, Minimum wage in Florida rose Thursday from $ 8.65 to $ 10 an hour – the largest percentage increase in state history.