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New Year Brings New Florida Laws

New laws passed in Florida’s last legislative session became effective January 1, 2024.
 
Many of these new laws affect Floridians and their families on a daily basis.
 
One of the most-visible changes is an expansion of the “move over” law, which requires drivers to get out of lanes closest to stopped vehicles such as police cars, ambulances and utility trucks.
 
The law has now been expanded to protect anyone in an emergency situation on the side of the road. If you can’t safely move over, you are required to slow down to a speed 20 mph less than the posted speed limit or to 5 mph if the speed limit is 20 mph or less. Violations will carry a fine of up to $158 for a noncriminal traffic infraction.
 
Another new law required mayors and other elected municipal officials to submit more-detailed financial disclosure information about issues such as incomes, assets and liabilities. Legislators and statewide elected officials already file the more-detailed forms.
 
Managing Partner Gary Lesser spoke with CBS 12 News Anchor Stefany Valderrama about this change that has caused some elected officials in Palm Beach County to resign.
 
 
 
Among other changes that happened on Jan. 1, 2024:
 
— A year-long program to provide credits to frequent toll-road users has ended. The program has provided 50 percent credits to motorists who use SunPass or other Florida transponders and make 35 or more toll-road trips in a month.
 
— Florida businesses will see an overall 15.1 percent decrease in workers’ compensation insurance rates, though rate changes will vary for individual businesses.
 
— Floridians can now reserve campsites and cabins at state parks 11 months in advance, while non-Floridians will only be able to make reservations 10 months in advance.
 
— County courthouses will be required to provide lactation spaces, with some exceptions.
 
— As part of a law that expands eligibility for coverage in the KidCare subsidized health-insurance program, the Florida Healthy Kids Corp. will establish premium tiers based on household incomes.

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