Although the minimum wage constitutional amendment went into effect in January, some Floridians will see their wage increase as the first bump, as outlined by the amendment, starts October 1st. The minimum wage increases to $10 an hour and will continue rising until it reaches $15/hour by September 30, 2026.
Other bills that go into effect:
- Tobacco and nicotine products must now be sold to and possessed by persons 21 years or older.
- All political text messages must have a disclaimer identifying it as an advertisement
- Changes to were made speciality license tags including allowing for refunds and the discontinuation of some independent colleges and university tags
- Establishes crimes for someone unlawfully collecting and using or sharing another person’s DNA.
- SB 80 made several changes to the child welfare system including increasing support for young adults aging out of care and allowing the court to consider reinstating parental rights under certain circumstances.