Florida News That Impacts You – June 22nd, 2021
Bottom Line: Your daily recap of the some of the biggest news from around the state that impacts you in South Florida.
- Numerous bills were signed into law by Governor DeSantis on Monday including...SB 1046, which allows Floridians the ability to request non-government entities remove mug shots from arrests without prior consent. Under the law which takes effect October 1st, publishers who don’t remove unauthorized mug shots within 10 days of a request face daily $1,000 fines until doing so.
- DeSantis also signed SB1786, known as the Florida Birth-Related Neurological Injury Compensation Plan. Under the new law which went immediately into effect, parents of infants suffering injuries during birth will be able to access between $100,000 to $250,000 to assist with the needs of the child. While NICA had previously been available, most families struggled to obtain benefits from it even when eligible. The new law streamlines the process and increases the benefits available. Related...
- HB 149 was signed into law. The Student with Disabilities in Public Schools legislation, which takes effect July 1st, places restrictions on how students with disabilities may be restrained at schools. Under the law, restraint for disabled students will only be allowed if other students are at risk of being harmed. This is also the legislation which implements a pilot classroom camera program in special needs classrooms in Broward County.
- According to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement’s annual report, overall crime dropped 15.7% in Florida last year, though overall violent crime rose slightly. Duval County, which includes Jacksonville, adjusted for population was the most dangerous for violent crime.