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MIAMI, FL - FEBRUARY 20: A customer picks out a smoking tip for her electronic cigarette at the Vapor Shark store on February 20, 2014 in Miami, Florida. As the popularity of E- cigarettes continue to grow, leading U.S. tobacco companies such as Altria Group Inc. the maker of Marlboro cigarettes are annoucing plans to launch their own e-cigarettes as they start to pose a small but growing competitive threat to traditional smokes. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Florida GI Bill, E-Cigarette Ban, Among New Laws July 1

On Tuesday, the state’s record-setting, $77 billion election-year budget goes into effect, along with 157 other bills approved by the Legislature and signed by Gov. Rick Scott.

06/26/2014

Protests like this one at a military funeral in 2006 are no longer allowed at funerals in Florida. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Scott Signs Law Expanding Ban On Funeral Protests

Protesters carrying signs that read “Thank God for Dead Soldiers” and other spewing similar hatred will no longer be allowed near funerals.

CBS4–04/12/2013

A fashionable dog with dyed pink ears and tail and wearing sunglasses is out for a walk in Taipei Taiwan. (Source: Ulana Switucha via Getty Images)

Fla. Senator’s Bill Would Prohibit Artificially Colored Pets

It may soon be illegal to dye your pup pink or your bunny blue.

CBS4–02/08/2013

Florida Capitol

Several New Laws Go Into Effect Jan. 1st

The stroke of midnight won’t just usher in a new year, it will also be the start of several new laws. One of those will make it legal for drivers to flash their headlights at oncoming drivers to alert them of speed traps or police up ahead.

CBS4–12/31/2012

Minimum Wage

Minimum Wage Workers To Get Pay Raise Jan. 1

Several new laws take effect January 1, restricting this and cutting that, but one welcome law is an increase in Florida’s minimum wage.

CBS4–12/29/2012

Florida Legislature. (Source: AP)

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

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.

CBS4–06/27/2012

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New Year To Bring New Florida Laws

As you recover from that New-Year’s hangover, you can think about some of the new state laws that take effect with the new year. Everything from how much some people make, to the unemployment people get, and even to the tattoos they might consider are covered by new state laws.

CBS4–12/28/2011

Sexting

It’s The Law: Host Of New Florida Laws Take Effect

It’s October 1, and once again, South Florida and taxpayers across the state get to start living the results of the Florida Legislature’s busy spring season. From gun control to abortion, the law of the land has changed.

10/01/2011

Florida Capitol

Bureaucrat’s Dream: 160 New Laws Effective Today

It’s a new month, and the start of a new fiscal year for the stare of Florida, and that means changes in the lawbooks. 160 new laws took effect Friday at Midnight, with something for everyone in the state.

CBS4–07/01/2011

Florida Capitol

More Than 150 New Laws Hit The Books This Friday

When Florida starts its new fiscal year this Friday, 160 new laws will hit the books. Many of those laws, as well as the budget, carry out the conservative governing philosophies of Republican Gov. Rick Scott and the GOP-majority Legislature.

CBS4–06/26/2011