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More than 200 New Laws now in effect

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New laws roll out in Florida Sunday

PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - More than 100 new laws will hit the books in Florida Sunday, July 1 after making it past Governor Rick Scott's desk. Let's highlight a few of them:


“Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act” SB 7026
In light of February's mass shooting in Parkland, every school will be required to have an officer inside and do active shooter training once a semester.

Written Threats to Conduct Mass Shootings or Acts of Terrorism HB 165
A written threat to kill, including on social media, will be a second-degree felony starting Sunday.

Education (Bullying) HB 7055
Some parents will soon have relief if their child gets bullied in public schools allowing them to transfer to a private school using the "Hope Scholarship Program."

Marriage Licenses for Children SB 140
Those under 18 won't get married under new regulations. Seventeen-year-olds can get away with it if they have parental consent and their partner is not more than two years older.

Workers’ Compensation Benefits for First Responders SB 376
Workers' compensation will help first responders who have mental injuries like PTSD instead of just physical injuries.

Prescription Drug Pricing Transparency HB 351
One new law will require pharmacists to be transparent about prescription costs requiring them to tell customers about the less expensive generic versions of the drug.

Controlled Substances HB 21
Another law will keep doctors from writing an opioid prescription for more than three days to treat acute pain. This does not include those who have a terminal illness or "medically need" those prescriptions.

Possession of Real Property (Public vs. Private Beach Access) HB 631
Florida law promises to make it harder for individual counties to allow people on private beaches unless a judge orders it. This changes how Walton County handles its public versus private beach debate.

Daylight Saving Time SB 1013
Although Governor Scott signed a bill keeping Florida on Daylight Saving Time all year, it will not take effect Sunday because it still needs approval from Congress.

To see a list of the laws, click here. Nearly 200 passed. Some went into effect earlier this year, others go into effect Sunday, and the rest will take effect in October or on the first of next year.

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