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A look at some of the 140+ new Florida laws

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Florida Representatives listen during a legislative session, Tuesday, April 27, 2021, at the Capitol in Tallahassee, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

TALLAHASSEE- A busy legislative session culminated in the signing of 146 bills into law by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis.

Among the highlights:

Parental Rights in Education HB 1557– A bill prohibiting discussions of about gender identity and sexual orientation in grades K-3 or “in a manner that is not age-appropriate or developmentally appropriate for students in accordance with state standards.”

Reducing Fetal and Infant Mortality- HB-5 prohibits abortions from taking place after 15 weeks of pregnancy unless the life of the mother or fetus is in immediate peril. The law is being challenged in court and is expected to end up before the Florida Supreme Court.

School Safety HB 1421- The law requires schools to implement mental health awareness training and allows the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Commission to continue studying ways to make Florida schools safer.

Individual Freedom- HB 7, referred to by supporters as the ‘Stop WOKE’ Act outlaws material used in classrooms and corporate diversity training that causes individuals to “feel guilt, anguish, or other forms of psychological distress” because they are “superior” due to their race or national origin.

K-12 Education HB 1467- School Board members will now be limited to a 12 year term limit and the adoption of new instructional material must now be held publicly and with notice. It also revises selection requirements for new instructional materials.

Veteran Suicide Prevention Training Pilot Program HB 1712- The Florida Department of Veterans Affairs will fund suicide prevention training to veteran service organizations.

Regulation of Smoking by Counties and Municipalities- HB 105 allows local municipalities to ban smoking on beaches and in parks. Previously, only the state could enact anti-smoking laws affecting beaches and parks.