TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami / NSF) – A slew of new laws will be released on Friday after being passed in the legislative session that ended in April. Many new laws came into force on July 1, the start of the state’s fiscal year.
Topping the list is a bill (HB 1080) that creates a state regulatory framework for the sale of electronic cigarettes. Among other things, the bill will raise the state’s legal age for vaping and smoking tobacco to 21, a threshold already set in federal law.
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Bill’s sponsor Jackie Toledo, R-Tampa, said before the measure was approved it was “necessary to stop youth vaping.”
But it has drawn opposition from major health groups, in part because it will prevent local regulations on things like the marketing and sale of vaping and tobacco products.
Groups such as the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, the American Heart Association and the American Lung Association have unsuccessfully pleaded with Governor Ron DeSantis to veto the measure.
“By blocking the power of elected officials at the local level to protect children – and by failing to take any meaningful action at the state level – we risk another generation addicted to deadly tobacco products and the disease and premature death that result ”the groups said.
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Other new laws coming into effect on Friday include:
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– Child protection (SB 80): the measure brings far-reaching changes to the child protection system on issues such as out-of-home placement, measures to restore parental rights and the transition process young people outside host families.
– Child Safety (SB 252): the bill creates the Child Safety Alarm Act, which requires vehicles used by day care centers to be equipped with alarm systems that encourage drivers to ensure that no children only stay on board when vehicles are parked.
– Crime Stoppers (HB 363): The bill criminalizes the disclosure of protected communications provided to a Crime Stoppers organization.
– Specialty Labels (SB 676): The measure brings a series of changes to specialty license plates, including the establishment of an “Occupation Army” model for veterans who served overseas in the United States. wars between May 9, 1945 and October 2, 1990.
– DNA (HB 833): the measure partially defines DNA samples as the “exclusive property” of the persons submitting the samples and limits the use of DNA for criminal databases unless the persons provide “express consent” for the analysis.
– Written threats (HB 921): The bill expands and updates the laws on written threats and cyberstalking, including threats involving mass shootings or terrorism.
– Corporate espionage (HB 1523): the measure partly creates second degree felony charges for “trade secret trafficking”, with charges being transferred to first degree crimes if the trafficking is intended to benefit foreign governments.
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