Sunday, June 30, 2013

TALLAHASSEE, Fla.: In Florida, New laws take effect on Monday - Florida Wires - = Ready or not. Check the list. Know before you go.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla.: In Florida, 150 new laws take effect on Monday - Florida Wires - Miami
What laws take effect that affects you? It might be worth your time to scan the list for yourself as I could not possibly know which of these new laws will impact you, and since most people or small business do not have lobbyist to keep them abreast of new laws.

Most legislative action that makes it into law take effect one of three date: upon approval; July 1st or October 1st of that year (see the Florida Senate Glossary, link below for full information).  The Miami Herald reports that: In Florida, 150 new laws take effect on Monday, By Gary Fineout and Brendan Farrington, Associated Press, on just some of the bills that take effect at 12:01 AM, Monday morning, July 1, 2013.

UPDATE: also view: "New laws kick in on power plants, drones, cyberbullying, bongs", by Jim Turner, News Services of Florida, published in the Miami Herald. ... nearly 200 new laws approved by the Legislature and signed by Gov. Rick Scott hit the books. More than 50 bills still await action by Scott.

The bills already signed into law range from a limit on the law enforcement use of drones, to a bill spelling out how money is raised to build nuclear power plants to new rules for Citizens Property Insurance Corp. There also will be, come Monday, a crackdown on “cyberbullying,” conversion of low-speed vehicles into golf carts and a prohibition on the sale of bongs. A law against texting while driving (SB 52) doesn’t take effect until Oct. 1, while changes to campaign fundraising (HB 7013) go into place next year.

The article provides numerous examples of the new laws that took effect at 12:01 AM.  Check out the link before for the complete listing of new laws from the last legislative session.

Visit the online Florida Department of State, State Library and Achieves of Florida (CLICK HERE).  The source provides a verbatim publication of the general and special laws enacted by the Florida Legislature in a given year and published each year following the regular session of the legislature. It presents the laws in the order in which they are numbered by the Secretary of State, as well as resolutions and memorials passed by the legislature. Source: Florida Senate Glossary

There is one very important caveat: titles may be deceiving.

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