Governor Rick Scott signed the following bills into law today:
HB 49 Drug Paraphernalia – This bill establishes criminal penalties for knowingly selling glass pipes and bongs for smoking illegal drugs.
HB 311 Costs of Prosecution, Investigation and Representation – This bill supports efforts to stabilize Florida’s housing market.
HB 457 Collection of Worthless Payment Instruments – This bill removes the burdensome paperwork requirements for collecting on worthless checks.
HB 489 Railroad Police Officers – This bill ensures uniformity of training and certification of law enforcement officers of Florida’s railroads.
HB 537 Growth Management – This bill clarifies which local initiative and referendum processes.
SB 556 Clerks of the Court – This bill codifies existing processes and procedures for the Clerks of Court relating to electronic filing of court documents, sealing and expunging records and the redaction of confidential information from court records.
HB 585 Law Enforcement – This bill amends statutes that relate to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, correcting statutory cross-references,modernizing terminology, and deleting obsolete provisions.
HB 611 False Reports to Law Enforcement Officers – This bill creates a third degree felony for knowingly giving false information to a law enforcement officer if the defendant has been previously convicted of such offense.
HB 617 Juvenile Justice Circuit Advisory Boards & Juvenile Justice Civil Councils – This bill re-designates juvenile justice circuit boards as juvenile
justice circuit advisory boards and removes provisions relating to the establishment of juvenile justice county councils.
HB 685 Parole Interview Dates for Certain Inmates – This bill extends from two years to seven years the period between parole interview dates for inmates convicted of kidnapping or attempted kidnapping; or a burglary or robbery where a sexual act is attempted or completed.
HB 705 Targeted Economic Development – This bill includes innovation businesses among the entities eligible to receive assistance from the Florida Institute for the Commercialization of Public Research (Institute), grants the Institute the ability to create corporate subsidiaries, and also creates the Florida Technology Seed Capital Fund.
SB 1844 Florida Health Choices Program – This bill provides greater flexibility to the Florida Health Choices Program and provides an appropriation to assist with continuing operations.