New State Laws Take Effect
July 2, 2012 | WMFE - On this first business day after July 1st, more than 150 new state laws went into effect. The measures, passed by the state Legislature during its 2012 session, include several that critics call constitutionally questionable.
Another new law, the Scott administration’s second attempt to require random drug testing of state employees, will also have to wait until a challenge to the first attempt is resolved.
Yet another measure will allow local school boards to set guidelines for students who want to offer so-called "inspirational messages" at school sponsored events.
Also among the new laws is a measure meant to reform the Personal Injury Protection (or PIP) Auto Insurance program.
Also, as of Sunday, new laws kick in to crack down on deceptive marketing practices by timeshare sales companies, increase penalties for human trafficking and for video voyeurism.
Florida’s new $70 billion budget also goes into effect at the start of the new fiscal year.