New Florida Laws

By  | 

Several new laws kick in on July 1, including one affecting abortions for girls 17 and under.

That law requires doctors to notify the parents of the girl 48 hours before an abortion. There are some exceptions, such as girl who are married or already have a child.

The abortion measure followed a constitutional change that gave the Legislature the ability to put the new requirement into law, although it has been challenged in court and could be delayed. Another abortion measure takes effect Friday calling for additional regulations for clinics that perform late-term abortions.

Also starting Friday, there will be new restrictions on an over-the-counter medication that is used to manufacture the illegal drug methamphetamine. The medication is pseudoephedrine, which is a widely used cold remedy.

And a third law has to do with sale of wine at restaurants. Until now, people who didn't finish a bottle of wine with their meal could not take the remainder with them. The new law allows them to take the rest home.