TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/NSF) — A collection of latest legal guidelines will hit the books Friday after being handed in the course of the legislative session that resulted in April. Many new legal guidelines took impact July 1, the beginning of the state fiscal yr.
Topping the record is a invoice (HB 1080) that creates a state regulatory framework for the sale of digital cigarettes. Amongst different issues, the invoice will increase the state’s authorized age to vape and smoke tobacco to 21, a threshold already established in federal regulation.
Home invoice sponsor Jackie Toledo, R-Tampa, mentioned earlier than the measure was authorised that it was “essential to cease youth vaping.”
Nevertheless it drew opposition from outstanding well being teams, partly as a result of it can stop native rules on things like the advertising and sale of vaping merchandise and tobacco.
Teams together with the American Most cancers Society Most cancers Motion Community, the American Coronary heart Affiliation and the American Lung Affiliation unsuccessfully implored Gov. Ron DeSantis to veto the measure.
“By blocking the ability of elected officers on the native degree to guard youngsters — and failing to take any significant motion on the state degree — we threat one other era hooked on lethal tobacco merchandise and the sickness and untimely dying that come consequently,” the teams mentioned.
Among the many different new legal guidelines taking impact Friday:
— Youngster welfare (SB 80): The measure makes wide-ranging modifications within the child-welfare system on points reminiscent of out-of-home placement, steps for reinstatement of parental rights and the method for transitioning youths out of foster care.
— Youngster security (SB 252): The invoice creates the “Youngster Security Alarm Act,” which requires automobiles utilized by child-care amenities to be outfitted with alarm techniques that immediate drivers to make sure no youngsters stay on board when the automobiles are parked.
— Crime Stoppers (HB 363): The invoice makes it a third-degree felony to reveal protected communications offered to a Crime Stoppers group.
— Specialty tags (SB 676): The measure makes a collection of modifications involving specialty license plates, together with establishing an “Military of Occupation” design for veterans who served abroad in wars between Might 9, 1945, and October 2, 1990.
— DNA (HB 833): The measure, partly, defines DNA samples as “unique property” of individuals submitting the samples and limits the usage of the DNA for felony databases until folks present “specific consent” for evaluation.
— Written threats (HB 921): The invoice expands and updates legal guidelines about written threats and cyberstalking, together with threats involving mass shootings or terrorism.
— Company espionage (HB 1523): The measure, partly, creates second-degree felony prices for “trafficking in commerce secrets and techniques,” with the fees bumped to first-degree felonies if the trafficking is aimed toward benefiting international governments.
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