Legislative Issues

Bills Signed by Governor DeSantis:  FIREWORKS More neighborhood fireworks were launched this Fourth of July holiday weekend as the Governor approved a bill allowing fireworks to be sold for the July 4th holiday, as well as New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. PARENTAL CONSENT A minor must get written and notarized parental or legal Read more about Legislative Issues[…]

Issues of Interest

BILLS IN EFFECT IN 2020 Beginning January 1st, the Florida Highway Patrol began issuing citations, rather than warnings, to drivers violating Florida’s ban on texting while driving. Drivers must also use a hands-free device when using their phones in a school zone or construction area. Additionally, Florida became the twenty-first state to allow on-line notarizations. Read more about Issues of Interest[…]

From the Capitol

We are just beyond the halfway point of the 2019 Legislative Session. This year 3,442 bills were filed by both the House and the Senate. Under the leadership of Senate President Bill Galvano  (R-Bradenton) and House Speaker Jose Oliva (R-Hialeah), the appropriations bills and various policy bills have been moving through committees these past few Read more about From the Capitol[…]

Bills going into effect July 1st

Below is a sampling of bills signed by Governor Rick Scott that will go into effect tomorrow, July 1st. SB 2500, the state’s $80 billion budget. HB 7022, provides pay raises to state employees. HB 7109, the measure includes a three-day back-to-school tax holiday and eliminates sales taxes on feminine hygiene products. HB 305, allows law-enforcement Read more about Bills going into effect July 1st[…]

Bills signed by Governor Scott

  Below is a selection of bills signed by the Governor as of today DEATH PENALTY This key issue was resolved early in the session with the Legislature passing a bill that requires unanimous jury recommendations before defendants can be sentenced to death.  Clarification about Florida’s death penalty law had been needed since January 2016 Read more about Bills signed by Governor Scott[…]