What you need to know about the new Florida laws that take effect on Jan. 1

Florida legislators and Gov. Ron DeSantis signed six bills into law that will take effect on Jan. 1, 2023. These laws are related to topics including money, health and legal codes.

The following is a list of some of the laws and what they mean as they go into effect.

HB 273 – Money services businesses

The law changes the purpose of the Florida Control of Money Laundering in Money Services Business Act in terms of cryptocurrency. It focuses on changing the duties, violations and penalties for businesses that transmit money and authorized vendors. “Virtual currency” is defined as a medium of exchange in electronic form that is not currency.

To read the summary, click here.

SB 292 – Newborn screenings

This bill is an amendment that requires hospitals and birthing facilities to test newborns for congenital cytomegalovirus (CMV) if they fail a hearing screening. For home births and birthing centers, the referral will come from the primary doctor. All screening tests must be reported to the Department of Health within a week.

To read the summary, click here.

SB 336 – Uniform commercial code

This bill protects the free transfer of certain business interests, exempting ownership and parts of ownership interest.

To read the summary, click here.

SB 1062 – Service of process

The concept and laws around the term “service of process” are changed with this bill. “Service of process” refers to the manner of delivery of legal notice which provides notice of a pending legal action, according to the bill.

To read the summary, which includes a list of what’s included in the bill, click here.

SB 2514 – Electronic filing of taxes

The payment threshold for filing electronically for taxpayers is lowered from $20,000 to $5,000 with this bill.

Click here to read the summary.

HB 7049 – Legal notices

The bill allows local government agencies to publish legal notices on a publicly accessible website owned by a designated county rather than a print newspaper under specific conditions.

The newspaper must satisfy certain standards, the county must have a population fewer than 160,000 people and a public hearing must determine if enough people have access to the internet.

To read the summary, click here.

For a full list of the new laws going into effect, click here.