Bills Signed by the Governor

As of June 30th, Governor DeSantis has signed 265 bills and vetoed five. There are no more bills waiting to go to him for his approval.

Some bills of interest that have been signed into law include:

RIGHT TO FARM ACT SB 88 sponsored by Senator Jason Brodeur (R-Lake Mary) and Representative Jayer Williamson (R-Pace) updates and expands the 1979 statute to protect farmers and ranchers from nuisance lawsuits. Agritourism operators will also benefit from this legislation with the definition of farm operations now including agritourism.

DRINKS TO GO SB 148 sponsored by Senator Jennifer Bradley (R-Orange Park) and Representative Josie Tomkow (R-Auburndale) makes permanent the Governor’s executive order allowing restaurants to sell to-go alcoholic drinks. The law allows restaurants with liquor licenses to sell sealed wine, beer, and wine- or liquor-based cocktails for consumption away from the premises or for take-away orders.

VOUCHER EXPANSION/CONSOLIDATION HB 7045 sponsored by Representative Gary Fine (R-Palm Bay) and Senator Manny Diaz (R-Hialeah Gardens) merged the Gardiner and McKay scholarship programs with the Family Empowerment Scholarship program for k-12 public school students. It increases the maximum income eligibility to receive vouchers to 375 percent of the federal poverty level, meaning a family of four making nearly $100,000 a year would qualify.

MOMENT OF SILENCE HB 529 sponsored by Representative Fine and Senator Baxley (R-Lady Lake) requires public school