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New laws come into the books in October


A number of new laws went into effect that month, including the largest Florida minimum wage increase in the state’s history.

Florida’s minimum wage earners rose 15% on Friday, from $ 8.65 to $ 10 an hour, marking the first step in a year-long journey to $ 15 an hour by 2026.

the Voter initiated wage increase, however, is just one of many changes in the book. From vaping and mug shots to corporate espionage and written threats, below are a few more additions in October:

Tobacco and nicotine products: (SB 1080): Sponsored by the Republican Sen. Travis Hutson, the new law increases the smoking age in Florida from 18 to 21 years. The new law also prohibits smoking or vaping within 300 meters of a school.

Photos of arrest bookings (SB 1046): Sponsored by the Republican Sen. Aaron Bean, the new law requires publishers of mug shots to remove booking photos if this is requested by the person depicted in the picture. If the publisher does not remove the photo within 10 days of written notification, they will face a daily fine of $ 1,000.

DNA data protection (HB 833): Sponsored by the Republican Rep. Josie Tomkow, the new law ensures that DNA samples are the “exclusive property” of the person who submitted the sample. In addition, consent is required for any additional extraction or analysis. The new law also increases penalties for unauthorized use of someone else’s DNA.

Industrial espionage (HB 1523): Sponsored by the Republican Rep. Mike Beltran, the new law creates the crime of “trading in trade secrets” and increases criminal penalties in certain circumstances. If trade secret trafficking benefits a foreign government or company, it is now a first-degree crime.

Child benefit (SB 1532): Sponsored by the Senate Minority Leader Lauren book, the new law is an update of child support cases where one parent needs help to force another parent to pay child support. The new law changes how payments are made and how these child support orders are enforced.

Boat Laws (SB 1086): A bevy of new boat laws also came into effect this month under a Republican Senate-sponsored bill. Travis Hutson. In addition to some changes, the law increases penalties for boaters who refuse to undergo breath or urine tests after a DUI. It also requires a safety course as a requirement for boat rental.

– Childcare security (SB 252): Sponsored by Democratic Sen. Linda Stewart, the new law requires daycare centers to install electronic alarm systems in delivery vans that are used to transport children. The alarms would prompt the driver to check the vehicle for the presence of children before leaving the area.

– Crime stopper (HB 363): The new law, sponsored by the Democratic Rep. Kevin Chambliss, strengthens liability protection for Crime Stoppers employees. It also improves protection for tipsters. Crime stoppers allow people to anonymously report crime tips.

Child Aid (SB 80): Sponsored by the Republican Sen. Jason Brodeur, the new law prioritizes finding permanent homes for children, especially before their 18th the system.

Behavioral preventive medicine (HB 701): The new law requires the Treasury Department to follow up, respond to and report complaints regarding access to mental health care to the governor and the legislature. In addition, companies must publish information online about federal and federal behavioral health insurance requirements. Republican representative Cyndi Stevenson sponsored the bill.

– Building permits (HB 1059): The new law modernizes the building permit process and also requires local governments to speed up the process of reviewing permit applications. It also gives contractors the option to correct their application if it is rejected. Republican representative Will Robinson sponsored the bill.

– Use of electronic databases (SB 890): Sponsored by the Republican Sen. Ed Hooper, requires the new law enforcement officer training on driver and vehicle databases. The aim of the training is to restrict unauthorized use of the database. The law also suspects abuse.

Electronic threats (HB 921): Electronic threats such as those made on social media are now expressly prohibited under the new law. In addition, online threats no longer need to be sent directly to a person. Under state law, threats placed online must be sent directly for the threat to be considered a criminal act.

The legislature will have another chance to draft laws in the upcoming legislative session in 2022.

The session begins on January 11th.

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