Here are a hand full of new laws going into effect July 1st for us Floridians.
TEXTING AND DRIVING - HB - 107
Law enforcement can pull you over texting and driving without needing any other reason.
VAPING SPB - 7012
No more vaping in indoor workplaces.
BRIGHT FUTURES - SB - 190
Bright Futures scholarships get tougher. The highest tier, which covers tuition and fees entirely at state colleges and universities, will require a student’s SAT to be close to 1330 instead of the current 1290. The 2nd tier, which covers 75 percent of costs, would move close to 1200 from the current 1170.
TESTING FOR TEACHERS - CS/SB - 7070
The testing requirements for teachers to get certified just got easier.
SCHOOLS OF HOPE - SB - 7070
The “Schools of Hope” program expands. Charter schools will now be allowed to open near public schools that perform poorly.
PRIVATE SCHOOL SCHOLARSHIPS - SB - 7070
If you’re a family of four, making $77,000 or less annually, you can now have access to public funded scholarships to private schools.
TECH TRAINING HB - 7071
Vocational and technical training in high schools get the nod through expanded career planning programs and apprenticeships.
GARDENING SB - 52
Yeah! Homeowners can grow fruits and vegetables in front yard gardens.
RED TIDE SB - 1552
Florida is dedicating $3 million per year for six years from its general fund towards Red Tide.
CHEAPER DRUGS HB - 19
More affordable drugs can be imported from other countries, if they’re approved by the U.S. FDA
SANCTUARY CITIES SB - 168
Prohibits state and local governments from having sanctuary policies for undocumented immigrants. Enforcement begins October 1.
PRIVATE ADDRESSES SB - 248
Civilians who work with law enforcement can get private addresses.
AUTONOMOUS VEHICLES - HB 311
Allows for the development of driverless vehicles in the state.
HEMP - SB 1020
The Department of Agriculture is ready issue rules to govern the growth, use and sale of hemp in our state. The policy would also regulate CBD products.