This year, numerous laws went before the Florida Senate and the House of Representatives. However, only a fraction of those proposed laws were actually passed. Below are the Boyer Law Firm picks for the top 10 Florida laws that passed or failed in 2016.
10 FLORIDA LAWS THAT PASSED OR FAILED IN 2016
Bills that PASSED
1. Immigration KidCare: A bill that allows immigrants who have been lawfully residing in the United States less than 5 years to be insured under the state and federal KidCare program failed, but the measure is included in the budget implementation bill. Provides eligibility for optional payments for medical assistance & related services for certain lawfully residing children; clarifies that undocumented immigrants are excluded from eligibility for optional Medicaid payments or related services; provides appropriation.
2. School Choice: A bill that allows public school students to attend any school in the state that has space available and also allows high school athletes to transfer schools and have immediate eligibility, and more provisions, passed.
4. Holocaust Memorial: A bill that creates a Florida Holocaust Memorial on state Capitol grounds passed.
5. Alimony: A bill that creates new formulas for calculating alimony and that ends lifetime alimony payments and also sets the premise that children in divorce cases should spend half their time with each parent passed.
Bills that FAILED
6. Ride-Sharing Companies:Uber is here to stay! A bill that would prevent local governments from regulating or banning ride-sharing mobile apps (like Uber) and would set insurance requirements failed.
7. Standardized Testing: A bill that allows school districts and parents to choose alternative standardized tests for their students in lieu of the Florida Standards Assessments (the new FCAT).
9. Open Primaries: A bill that allows voters with no party affiliation to vote in the primaries, including races with write-in candidates, failed.