Gov. Rick Scott signed a wave of bills into Florida law today, covering a wide range of subjects, including private flood insurance (SB 542), pharmacies (HB 323 and SB 702), electronic cigarettes (SB 224) and a controversial measure prohibiting abortions after a fetus is determined to be viable (HB 1047). Also passed were parasailing industry regulations (SB 320) and to start the 2016 legislative session in January (HB 9).
Among the nearly 95 bills Scott signed on Friday was SB 542, spearheaded by State Sen. Jeff Brandes, giving homeowners more choice in purchasing affordable flood insurance by creating a marketplace for private brokers to write flood-insurance coverage statewide.
Also ratified was SB 224, sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Lizbeth Benacquisto, which prohibit the sale of electronic cigarettes or other alternative tobacco products to minors.
The number of pharmacy technicians supervised by a single pharmacist will now increase under HB 323, which instructs the state Board of Pharmacy to establish guidelines to change that number. Previously, a pharmacist could observe only up to three technicians, but HB 323 gives authority to increase that ratio. In addition, Scott signed into law SB 702, which creates a Pharmacy Audit Bill of Rights, a series of “common-sense auditing standards” to keep the focus on health and wellness of patients.
With the passage of HB 1131, public schools have permission for public placement and emergency use and more of epi-pens for allergy treatment of students.
People who produce or sell fraudulent theme park tickets in Florida will see longer punishments under SB 1142, which extends fraud laws to cover multiuse theme-park tickets — such as Walt Disney World multiday and “park-hopping” passes — as well as “cards, wristbands and media” that are used as tickets. Those protections will now apply to Disney’s new billion-dollar MagicBand program..
However, for progressives, the most controversial bill Scott signed is HB 1047, extending the current state law banning most abortions in the third trimester of pregnancy by requiring physicians to conduct viability tests prior to performing any abortion.The law takes effect July 1.
Here are the bills Scott signed into law today: