New laws take effect in Florida for 2024: New Legal Landscapes

As the New Year unfolds, Florida welcomes a suite of new laws that promise to reshape various facets of life in the Sunshine State. From traffic regulations to child protection, these laws reflect a significant shift in the state’s legislative landscape. Here, we delve into the details of these laws, offering insights into how they will impact residents and visitors alike.

1. Persons with Disabilities Registry (HB-1275)

2024 marks the introduction of the “Protect Our Loved Ones” Act, a groundbreaking initiative aimed at fostering safer interactions between law enforcement and individuals with disabilities. This act authorizes the creation of a “Persons with Disabilities Registry.” This database will include vital information such as the individual’s name, contact details, and pertinent disabilities or conditions, aiming to enhance understanding and communication during police encounters.

2. Ethics Requirements for Public Officials (SB-774)

A substantial shift in ethics regulations now mandates local elected officials to disclose their financial dealings transparently. This new requirement extends the existing financial disclosure norms previously applicable to higher offices like the governor and county commissioners. Notably, this legislation has already led to a wave of resignations across the state, particularly in the Tampa Bay area, indicating its profound impact on local governance.

3. Changes in Pretrial Release and Detention (HB-1627)

Florida’s bail and pretrial detention systems undergo significant tightening with the implementation of HB-1627. This law is particularly focused on altering pretrial release options for certain felony offenders, taking their criminal history into account. Furthermore, it mandates the Florida Supreme Court to establish a bond schedule, limiting the lower courts’ ability to set bail amounts below this prescribed schedule.

4. Expansion of the “Move Over” Law (HB-425)

The well-known “Move Over” law in Florida is set for expansion. Effective January 1, 2024, drivers are now required to move over not only for emergency, sanitation, utility service, and construction vehicles but also for disabled vehicles exhibiting hazard lights, emergency flares, or emergency signage. Non-compliance with this law can result in fines ranging from $60 to $158, underscoring the state’s commitment to road safety.

5. State Park Campsite Reservations (HB-109)

In a move favoring state residents, Florida has revised its policy on booking campsites, cabins, and RV spots at state parks. Starting January 1, Florida residents can now make online reservations 11 months in advance of their desired booking date, a month earlier than non-residents who can book only 10 months ahead. This change aims to give Floridians a head start in enjoying the state’s natural beauty.

6. Sheriffs and Child Protective Investigative Services (HB-7061)

A pivotal change in child protection comes into effect as certain counties, including Hillsborough, Manatee, Pasco, and Pinellas, are required to transfer child protective investigations from sheriff’s offices to the Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF). This transfer includes the provision for sheriff’s office employees to move to DCF, marking a significant shift in the approach to child protective services in the state.


As Florida steps into 2024, these new laws usher in a wave of changes across various sectors. From enhancing the safety and wellbeing of persons with disabilities to reinforcing ethical standards in local governance, these laws are set to leave a lasting imprint on Florida’s legislative landscape. With safety, transparency, and community welfare at their core, these laws are a testament to Florida’s evolving socio-political environment.