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150 New Laws Take Effect In Florida

By: Matt Galka Email
By: Matt Galka Email

By Matt Galka
July 1, 2013

Dozens of new laws go into effect in Florida...Just about two months after legislators put an end to the 2013 session, the first wave of laws set in for the Sunshine State.

More than 150 laws passed in Florida take effect July 1st with another 50+ awaiting Governor Rick Scott's approval.

The scope of legislation ranges from prohibiting drivers to go 10 miles under the speed limit in the left lane to blocking gun sales to voluntary mental health patients and everything in between.

H-B 609 is a measure that passed allowing school districts to expand their jurisdiction over "cyberbullying."

Kathleen Rodgers, Leon County Schools: "If bullying of any kind, cyberbullying in particular, if it affects the learning environment, then we will exact sanctions. Those sanctions can range from an in school detention right up to expulsion."

Drug paraphernalia took a hit from the legislature, too. H-B 49 was originally introduced as a sweeping "bong ban" in the state, but was watered down to prohibit the sale of certain smoking devices for anything other than tobacco use.

Tony Drzewiekci, Leon County Sheriff's Office: "It makes retailers ensure that if they're selling bongs or smoking pipes that those equipment are used with tobacco, and not with illegal substances."

The legislature adjourned this session without discussing legalization of medical marijuana. Today also puts into place restrictions on drone use by law enforcement, protections for infants born alive after attempted abortions, and it marks the beginning of a new fiscal year for the state.


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