Dozens of new Florida State laws go into tomorrow

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The Florida Current outlines some of the 169 statutes that passed, which take effect July 1.

Among the bills for the new fiscal year include streamlining death-row executions; offering health insurance to thousands of part-time state employees, and retailers can sell wine in 5.16-gallon containers primarily to restaurants and bars. In addition, county school districts must include programs to address cyber bullying in their emergency plans.

The state budget passed this year is a record $74.5 billion, which gives state employees their first raise in six years.

The proposal to streamline capital-punishment appeals is already under challenge before the Florida Supreme Court.

Scott also signed an education bill for “exceptional students”, allowing parents more involvement in school plans for disabled children. He also approved a bill removing the word “retarded” in state administrative policies, replacing it with “intellectual disabilities.”

Another controversial measure in the previous session forbids the routine use of airborne drones without search warrants. City and county police agencies could still drones in partnership with the federal Department of Homeland Security operations or in emergencies, but the new law forbids routine air patrols with pilotless planes.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.