It’s that time of year again! Everyone can take a look at all the new laws that have either gone into effect or are scheduled to go into effect by the end of the year. Are they sensible? Are they dumb? Are they controversial? Could they possibly serve the greater good? Or is it time to elect new legislators to better serve Floridian interests? Here are a few of the newest 2018 Florida laws.
- A new bill will limit opioid prescriptions to a measly three days. We’re sorry if it hurts, but the opioid crisis is more important–or so the lawmakers seem to be suggesting. Synthetic versions of fentanyl are a whopping 5,000 times more dangerous (and lethal) than the heroin that drug dealers used to know and love. Hopefully the new law will reduce the number of fatalities after drug misuse.
- Most states have an age of consent that ranges from 16 to 18 (with the majority still at 16), but there is a legal loophole in some states that allows adults to have sex with a minor–and it’s called marriage. Florida legislators have finally ended the practice of marrying children under the age of 17, and that means no more legalized statutory rape.
- The new state budget will increase spending on education in schools by $485 million. In addition, Medicaid and subsidized health insurance for children will also get a big boost in spending. Woo hoo!
- Florida wants to live up to its reputation by keeping daylight saving time active all year. Unfortunately, that means they need Congressional approval, because federal law prohibits a state from making the change by itself. If approved, then Florida would be in its own time zone for half the year. Enjoy your vacation!
- First responders suffering from PTSD now have additional options for coverage. Before the new law, responders had to prove they were suffering from a physical injury associated with the emotional or psychological trauma. Now, they only need to be suffering from PTSD specifically.
- Other approved laws will let people use credit cards for background checks when purchasing firearms and slam criminals who commit third-degree felonies at airports with bigger penalties for their crimes. These were just a few of the most relevant laws, but there were 105 passed and put into effect this year.