With the change of the calendar to October, several new laws come into force.
Here are the bills that were recently passed and are now officially Florida law:
HB 205 – Unauthorized use of uniforms, medals or badges – Prohibits certain misrepresentations about military service when made for specific purposes.
HB 333 – Bail Pending Appellate Review – Prohibits bail for certain offenders pending review following a conviction of a crime that requires registration of a sex offender or sexual predator if the victim was a minor.
HB 387 – license plate fees – Provision of a uniform annual usage fee for a special license plate, unless otherwise stated, etc.
HB 675 – exposure of sexual organs – – Increases criminal penalties for exposing genital organs in a second or subsequent crime; authorizes illegal arrests when the law enforcement officer has reason to believe that that person has unlawfully exposed the reproductive organs.
HB 915 – Commercial Airports – Instruction to the Auditor General to carry out certain audits of certain airports; Requiring certain members of the governing body of a commercial airport with a large hub to meet certain financial disclosure requirements; Requesting the governing body of a municipality, a county or a special district that operates a commercial service airport to set up and maintain a website; Requesting the governing body to post certain information on the website or provide links to it; Obligation of commercial service airports to comply with certain contractual requirements; Obligation of the members of the management body and employees of an airport for commercial services to comply with certain ethical requirements Requesting the department to review this information and submit an annual report to the governor and legislature; Prohibition of spending certain funds unless certain conditions are met, etc.
HB 1135 – license plate – – Approving the choice of a permanent registration period for certain vehicles if certain conditions are met; Revision of the presale requirements for issuing a special license plate; Prohibiting the use of annual usage fees received from a company for certain purposes; certain documents must be deposited with the department prior to the development of certain marks etc.
HB 7015 – OGSR / body camera recordings – Removed the planned removal of the public record exemption for body camera recordings.
HB 7019 – OGSR / Victims of Human Trafficking – Removed the planned removal of the public record exemption for certain criminal intelligence agencies and criminal investigation information that reveals the identity of certain victims of human trafficking.
SB 294 – Crimes Against Veterans – – Referring to that law as the “Florida Veterans Protection Act”; To provide a toughened sentence for anyone who commits serious economic crimes against a specified number of veterans by receiving or attempting to obtain a specified amount of money criminal penalties, etc.
SB 680 – shark fins – Citation of this law as “Kristin Jacobs Ocean Conservation Act”; Ban on the import, export and sale of shark fins in this state; Provision of exceptions; Calling on the Fish and Wildlife Commission to assess the potential economic impact on commercial shark fishing in that state; Call on the Commission to review the possible impact on shark populations; Request a report to the legislature by a certain date; To authorize the legislature to ban the domestic production of shark fins based on the results of the report, etc.
SB 1286 – contraband in certain facilities – – Prohibition of the introduction of certain cannabis-related substances, cell phones and other portable communication devices, as well as electronic steam generating devices in certain facilities of the Ministry of Children and Families or the Agency for People with Disabilities; criminal penalties; Prohibition of introducing certain cannabis-related substances and steam-generating electronic devices into a state correctional facility, etc.