Six new Florida laws immediately went into effect at the stroke of midnight
on January 1, 2018. The changes range from eliminating a public-transit
commission to streamlining how unmarried and
divorced parents agree to time-sharing arrangements for children.
The following are the six new laws in Florida:
SB 590 – This law gives divorced and unmarried Florida parents a
new parenting plan option to help with time-sharing agreements and
visitation times. Among other things, the plan would determine where the child will
live and how parental responsibility shall be shared.
- HB 647 – This law dissolved the Hillsborough County Public Transportation
Commission, which is an independent special district. The commission was
created to regulate things like taxi and limousine services. This is considered
a huge win for rideshare companies like Uber and Lyft.
- HB 435 – Revises the rules regarding international banking corporations,
such as issues related to licensure and record keeping.
- HB 437 – This law is tied to HB 435 and creates public-records exemptions
involving the Office of Financial Regulation. The Office of Financial
Regulation is now prohibited from releasing things such as personal identifying
information of customers or shareholders. The exemptions deal with new
entities known as “international trust entities” and “qualified
limited service affiliates.”
- HB 911 – This law makes several changes related to rules and licensure
for public insurance adjusters.
- SB 800 – Health insurers and maintenance organizations are now required
to offer “medication synchronization” once a year. Patients
are now able to align the refill dates of prescriptions.
Most other new laws passed during the 2017 session went into effect July
1, 2017, which is the start of the state’s fiscal year.
For more information,
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