Bath Salts, PIP Fraud Among New Laws Taking Effect July 1

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Florida Legislature. (Source: AP)

Florida Legislature. (Source: AP)

Legislative Session Coverage

MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Do not be surprised if your child returns from a school event with a prayer leaflet, as it will now be allowed as part of several new laws taking effect July 1.

The laws encompass changes to personal injury protection (PIP) insurance, a ban on synthetic drugs, changes to video voyeurism laws and tougher penalties for timeshare resale fraud.

Among the changes to PIP insurance: information for all drivers and passengers must be included in crash reports, and insurers must either reduce rates by 10 percent come October 1 or explain to the state why that is not feasible.

Remember when ESPN reporter Erin Andrews was videotaped in her hotel room by a peeping tom? Such video voyeurism in Florida will carry stiffer penalties and laws surrounding it will be expanded: a peeping tom will now be prosecuted for videotaping you from outside your house.

Not so cut-and-dry is the law banning synthetic drugs, a cause Attorney General Pam Bondi has taken a special interest in.

“Synthetic drugs…pose a serious threat to our communities,” said Bondi.

Fake pot (such as “spice”) and concentrated bath salts (such as those believed to be what led to a South Florida man chewing off half of a Miami man’s face), are included in the ban.

However, while the law outlines specifically what the state considers a synthetic drug, clever chemists are crafting drugs that get around the new laws.

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