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What laws came into effect on July 1, 2023, in Florida?

As the calendar flips to July 1, 2023, the state of Florida witnesses a sweeping wave of change with the implementation of over 200 new laws. From immigration law, family law, education, and guns, this legislative overhaul sets the stage for a significant transformation across the Sunshine State. In this blog post, we will explain the most significant changes that came into effect on July 1, 2023.

Immigration Law

Probably the most controversial of all new laws is the one related to immigration. The new law will regarding immigrants includes proposals such as conducting audits of businesses that employ undocumented immigrants, and that every business with more than 25 employees must use the E-Verify system to verify that their workers have the proper documentation to work. Failure to do so could result in the suspension of their license to operate. It also includes provisions that increase the legal penalties for those who transport undocumented immigrants to Florida, prohibit undocumented persons from using a driver's license issued by another state in the State of Florida; and proposed that hospitals that receive state and federal funds should monitor how much money they spend treating undocumented immigrants who go to emergency services. For more information you can visit the related blog.

Family Law

The new law introduces a presumption for equal time sharing between parents. This means that unless evidence suggests otherwise, the court will assume that a 50/50 time sharing arrangement is in the best interest of the child. This presumption seeks to encourage both parents' involvement in their child's life and promote fair custody arrangements. Another significant aspect of the new law pertains to the modification of parenting plans. Previously, Florida required that in order to modify an established parenting plan there must have been a substantial, material and unanticipated change in circumstances. However, the new law eliminates the unanticipated requirement, providing a more accessible avenue for parents to seek modifications when necessary.

Second Amendment

The new law authorizes a person to carry concealed weapons or firearm if he or she is licensed to do so or meets specified requirements; and will no longer require training. It also requires a person who is carrying concealed weapon or firearm without license to carry identification & display upon demand by law enforcement; prohibits person who is carrying concealed weapon or firearm without license from carrying such weapon or firearm in specified locations; and authorizes nonresident to carry concealed weapon or firearm in this state if he or she meets same requirements as resident.

Sex and Gender related laws

A new set of rules is being implemented regarding sex and gender. One legislation ban classroom instruction on sexual orientation and gender identity in all grades, it also revises provisions relating to instruction and materials for specified instruction relating to reproductive health and provides additional requirements for instruction regarding human sexuality. Another set of rules prohibits school staffers from asking students about their preferred pronouns or discussing their own if it “does not correspond to such person’s sex.” Finally, another legislation talks about the exclusive use of restrooms and changing facilities by gender, prohibiting the willfully entering restroom or changing facility designated for opposite sex and refusing to depart when asked to do so, making it a crime.

If you need help with immigration or family law matters, do not hesitate to call us today. We offer the first consultation free and we will be more than happy to inform you of the new laws and requirements in these areas. At Y. Morejon Attorney, P.A. your problem, is our problem.

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