‘Sanctuary cities’ ban, texting while driving: These are new Florida laws that take effect July 1

TALLAHASSEE — After weeks of debates, infighting and deal-making, many of the bills of the Florida Legislature’s 2019 session become reality Monday. That’s because July 1 is a common date when many bills take effect.

All in all, lawmakers passed 195 this year, roughly 10 percent of those filed. And in the nearly two months since the Legislature formally ended its annual session, Gov. Ron DeSantis has been signing (or in a few cases, vetoing) those bills that successfully made it through both the House and Senate. His pace quickened as July 1 approached, signing around 40 bills into law last week alone.

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