Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (File)

New Florida Laws Take Effect Today: Property Rights, Parental Rights, And Sex Education Changes

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (File)
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (File)

A handful of new Florida laws are in effect as of today July 1, 2024, impacting everything from property rights to parenting and sex education in schools. Here’s a breakdown of some of the most notable changes:

Property Rights Boost for Homeowners:

Under HB 7002, homeowners gain more power to maintain, develop, or improve their property for personal use. This legislation aims to streamline permitting processes and reduce bureaucratic hurdles for homeowners undertaking personal projects.

Parenting Laws Updated:

Two new laws address parenting issues:

  • HB 385: This law empowers courts to mandate “neutral safe exchange” locations at sheriffs’ offices for parents sharing child custody. This aims to provide a secure environment for child handoffs during exchanges.
  • HB 415: A new website will be launched by 2025 to provide Florida families with more resources on pregnancy and parenting. The Florida Department of Health will collaborate with other agencies to develop this comprehensive resource.

Read: Florida Gov. DeSantis Signs Consumer Finance Loan Changes

Changes in Sex Education:

Florida’s sex education curriculum faces adjustments under SB 1417:

  • Teacher Speech: Teachers are restricted from addressing students with their preferred pronouns unless they match the student’s biological sex.
  • Menstrual Cycle Education: Instruction on menstrual cycles is prohibited before 6th grade.

Other Notable Changes:

  • HB 7063: This law aims to further crackdown on human trafficking by prohibiting anyone under 21 from working as a stripper and requiring stricter background checks for those working in adult entertainment establishments.
  • Balloon Ban: The release of balloons is now illegal throughout Florida in an effort to protect wildlife and the environment.

These new laws have sparked mixed reactions. Proponents of the property rights and parenting laws see them as positive steps.

However, the changes to sex education and the balloon ban have drawn criticism from some advocacy groups.

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