The Sunshine State has recently implemented over 200 new laws covering a wide range of topics, from immigration to gender identity. These laws were passed during the 2023 legislative sessions and signed by Governor Ron DeSantis. Let’s delve into some of the headline-making legislation that took effect on July 1.
One of the notable laws is SB 1718, which aims to tackle businesses that hire undocumented immigrants. The law includes a $12 million budget for Governor DeSantis’ migrant relocation program. Additionally, hospitals that accept Medicaid are now required to inquire about patients’ immigration status. Critics express concerns that this may discourage migrants from seeking necessary care. A related bill, HB 1617, complements SB 1718.
SB 7052 introduces stricter regulations for property insurance companies to ensure greater accountability for mishandling claims. These companies will face increased oversight, more stringent regulations, and higher fines for any wrongdoing. HB 7065 is a related bill that provides further context.
Parental Rights in Education
HB 1069, known as the “Don’t Say Gay” expansion law, prohibits classroom instruction on sexual orientation and gender identity in all grades. This legislation broadens the scope of the existing law. For more details, refer to SB 1320.
HB 543 enables Floridians who legally own firearms to carry concealed weapons without training or a permit. This law grants greater freedom to responsible gun owners. HB 7025 and SB 150 are related bills that provide additional information.
Pronouns in Schools
HB 1069 prevents school staff from inquiring about students’ preferred pronouns or discussing their own if it does not align with their biological sex. The law emphasizes that a person’s sex is an unchangeable biological trait. For more insights, refer to HB 5101 and SB 1320.
HB 1521 criminalizes the use of bathrooms that do not align with an individual’s assigned sex at birth. The legislation aims to ensure that individuals use bathrooms consistent with their assigned gender. To understand the context fully, explore SB 1674.
These laws cover only a portion of the extensive legislation enacted in Florida. To learn about other laws that came into effect on July 1, visit the official website. Florida continually strives to address various challenges and maintain its reputation as a dynamic state.