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What you should know about the Florida laws going into effect July 1

Here are some highlights of Florida bills going into effect July 1 and what you need to be aware of.

Several new laws are going into effect in Florida on Monday. First Coast News is On Your Side highlighting what you need to know.

Texting and driving

Sending messages on your phone while driving will now be a primary offense. Law enforcement can pull over texting drivers.

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Autonomous vehicles

Allows for the development of self-driving vehicles for use on the Florida Turnpike. This removes many of the hurdles currently in place forbidding the vehicles.

Address privacy

Expands a law allowing civilians who work in law enforcement to not have their addresses listed as public record like all other civilians.

Red tide

This mitigation program will allocate $3 million per year to the efforts for the next six years.

Cheaper prescriptions

Less expensive drugs can be imported from Canada and other countries to Florida as long as those drugs are approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, .

Sanctuary cities ban

This law prohibits state and local governments from having sanctuary policies for undocumented immigrants. Enforcement begins Oct. 1 .

Front yard gardens

This allows Floridians to grow fruit and vegetables in their front yards without fines by local governments.

Female inmates

This law requires state correctional facilities to provide incarcerated women with feminine hygiene products.

Growing hemp

This law allows an agricultural hemp program to be developed in Florida.

Firefighter health benefits

This law allows firefighters with cancer, and the families of firefighters who’ve died from it, get access to certain benefits as long as certain provisions are met.

Bright futures

Requirements for Bright Futures scholarships are more stringent. The “Academic” scholarship, covering tuition and fees entirely at state colleges and universities, will require a student’s SAT to be near 1330 instead of 1290. The “Medallion,” which covers 75 percent of the costs, would move to about 1200 from 1170.

Private school scholarships

Families of four, making $77,000 or less each year, will gain access to public funded scholarships for private schools.

Schools of hope

This allows the expansion of the “Schools of Hope” program, allowing to open near public schools that regularly underperform.

Technical training

The testing requirements for teachers to get certified get easier.

Testing teachers

This lowers the standard of testing requirements for teachers to get certified.

Toll roads

Outlines the expansion of The SunCoast Parkway from Tampa Bay to Georgia. The Florida Turnpike will connect to the SunCoast in the west.


Creates restrictions and oversight of the Florida telehealth program.


This law prohibits vaping in an enclosed indoor workplace, unless otherwise stated.