New Laws To Be Taking Effect

posted by Rick Flagg - 

More than 100 new laws take effect in Florida Sunday... including a limit on child marriage.

That change was championed by Sherry Johnson of Tampa, who told lawmakers she was forced to marry the man who raped her so he could avoid criminal charges.

Johnson wanted lawmakers to ban child marriage completely by raising the minimum age to 18, but they didn't. 

There's a loophole that allows 17 year olds to get married as long as their partner is no more than 2 years older.

Another new law allows Florida courts to adopt a program allowing police to issue civil citations instead of arresting kids for minor offenses. 

A controversial school safety package approved in the aftermath of the Parkland massacre takes effect Sunday, as well. 

The legislation raises the minimum age to buy a firearm to 21 and imposes a three day waiting period. 

It also requires armed guards at public schools.

The NRA says that law goes too far and they're already working to overturn it in court and repeal it in the state legislature.

Legislation that cracks down on opioid abuse by limiting painkiller prescriptions also takes effect Sunday.

And there is a piece of legislation that opens the door to putting Florida on Daylight Saving Time all year long going into effect ... though, for that legislation to take effect, Congress will have to sign on.

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