July 1st means that along with Florida’s new budget going into effect so do more than 100 new laws. I wanted to take a moment to provide you with a quick update on a few of the bills that took effect.
Texting and Driving– Drivers can no longer text while driving because it is now considered a primary offense and police can pull you over with this as the only reason. This law is effective today [July 1] but it is being phased in to give drivers warnings for now, with tickets coming January 1, 2020.
Vaping– Florida voters approved a constitutional amendment to ban vaping and the use of electronic cigarettes in indoor workplaces and this law implements that amendment.
Red Tide– The Red Tide Mitigation and Technology Development Initiative will begin studying the effects of Red Tide and how to mitigate it in the future with a $3 million appropriation a year for the next five years.
Firefighters– Firefighters diagnosed with certain cancers, and the families of firefighters who’ve died from certain cancers, will be eligible for additional benefits. Firefighters have higher rates of certain cancers related to their jobs.
As we celebrate our Independence Day on Thursday [today], I want to wish you a wonderful time with your family and friends.
If you’re not going to attend one of the local community events and plan to celebrate on your own, here are some important tips from the National Safety Council https://www.nsc.org/home-safety/tools-resources/seasonal-safety/summer/fireworks
As always, it is my honor to represent you in the Florida House. If ever I may be of service, please do not hesitate to contact me.
District 89 State Rep. Mike Caruso