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New Laws for Florida beginning July 1. 2022

Updated: Jun 30

Influenced by a record $109.9 billion budget, these new laws include updates ranging from health care, to gas tax & sales-tax, all the way to a state dessert (hint, think berries).


This blog is meant to provide an accessible list for residents regarding what was passed, and is not a legal document or interpretation, but is a non-partisan summary.

A special thank you to Jayme Bosio, Government Research Service Librarian at the Palm Beach County Library System for creating the full document, which can be found HERE.


You can find your legislators for State Senate HERE, and for State House of Representatives HERE.


Below is a brief overview are some of the bills that become law Friday, July 1, 2022.

The entire list can be found HERE.


BUDGET AND TAXES

  • Governor DeSantis signed a $109.9 billion budget (HB 5001) for the 2022-2023 fiscal year. This year's record spending plan was bolstered by federal stimulus income and (higher-than-expected) state tax revenues.

  • HB 7071 Gas Tax suspension for October & sales-tax “holidays” on such things as back-to-school clothes and supplies and a one-month suspension of the state gas tax for the month of October.

EDUCATION & EMPLOYMENT

  • Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Training. Dubbed by some as the “Stop WOKE Act,” HB 7 restricts how concepts based on race, color, sex, or national origin are taught in schools and trained within the workplace (public and private employers with at least 15 employees). Employers may want to consider carefully reviewing the law and language alongside their current DEI policies for compliance.

  • Lawmakers approved SB 1048 which replaces Florida Standards Assessments (FSA) testing program in public schools with a “progress monitoring system” testing students three times a year.

  • HB 1421 is about School Safety with mandated mental health training.

  • SB 1054 requires high-school students, in the 2023-2024 academic year, to take financial-literacy courses.

  • HB 1467 to places a 12-year term limit on county school-board members and increases public scrutiny of school library books and instructional materials.

  • HB 1557 hinders sexual orientation and gender identity instruction in kindergarten through 3rd grade. "Don’t Say Gay Bill"

STATE SYMBOL


  • SB 1006 designates strawberry shortcake as Florida’s official state dessert.

Key Lime is the State Pie!




HEALTH CARE

  • Lawmakers passed HB 5 which prevents abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy (with exceptions for life endangerment, but not for rape or incest).

  • SB 312 expands the authority of physicians to prescribe controlled substances through telemedicine.

  • Lawmakers passed a Department of Health bill (SB 768) that prevents renewal of licenses for medical-marijuana businesses which have not started to grow, process and sell cannabis.

  • HB 7065 provides grants for responsible fatherhood and mentorship.

  • HB 577 requires stricter background checks and limitations on master keys in rentals for tenant safety.

LOCAL GOVERNMENT

  • SB 4-C dissolves the Reedy Creek Improvement District and five other special districts, which impacts Disneyworld.

  • HB 7055 relates to cybersecurity, including prohibiting local governments from making ransom payments when hit by “ransomware” attacks.

  • SB 105 allows cities and counties to restrict smoking at their beaches and parks. This does not restrict smoking unfiltered cigars.

  • Title 23, Chapter 316;316.271 allows police officers to ticket or fine drivers for loud music (audible from 25 feet away) with more restrictions near schools, hospitals and churches.

  • HB3 - allows for tools to boost recruitment for law enforcement.


WATER/ENVIRONMENT

  • HB 7053 creates a new resiliency office directly under the governor and expands the Resilient Florida Grant Program.

  • SB 1078 newly requires Soil & Water Conservation District Supervisors to be engaged in or have 10 years of experience in agriculture or to own agricultural land.

Some of these measures above and in the comprehensive list face legal challenges ahead.


OF NOTE:

  • SB4-D called "The Surfside Bill" for condominiums 3 or more stories. Requires such structures to have a “milestone inspection” of the buildings’ structural integrity by an architect or engineer when a building reaches: 30 years of age and every 10 years thereafter, or 25 years of age and every 10 years thereafter if the building is located within three miles of a coastline.




The entire list can be found HERE.







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