Handful of new laws go into effect Jan. 1 – Florida Politics

Handful of new laws go into effect Jan. 1

Four bills passed during the 2017 Legislative Session go into effect on the first day of the new year.

HB 435: This bill updates the Office of Financial Regulation’s regulatory procedures and requirements for international financial institutions.

SB 590: This bill authorizes the Florida Department of Revenue to establish parenting time plans agreed to by both parents.

SB 800: This bill requires health insurers and health maintenance organizations to offer medication synchronization to align refill dates for certain drugs at least once a year.

HB 911: This bill amends various statutes relating to insurance adjusters, including eliminating licensure for public adjuster apprentices.

But another bill OK’d by lawmakers that would have taken effect Jan. 1, 2018 was rejected by Gov. Rick Scott.

That measure (HB 937) would have required one of six rotating warnings to be printed on lottery tickets and advertisements. One was “WARNING: YOUR ODDS OF WINNING THE TOP PRIZE ARE EXTREMELY LOW.”

Scott vetoed the bill, saying it would have imposed “burdensome regulations on the Lottery and its retail partners,” and could have cost the state $31.5 million for education.

Lottery proceeds go into the state’s Educational Enhancement Trust Fund, which helps pay for public education.

Jim Rosica covers state government from Tallahassee for Florida Politics. He previously was the Tampa Tribune’s statehouse reporter. Before that, he covered three legislative sessions in Florida for The Associated Press. Jim graduated from law school in 2009 after spending nearly a decade covering courts for the Tallahassee Democrat, including reporting on the 2000 presidential recount. He can be reached at jim@floridapolitics.com.
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