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Our state legislature was busy this past year writing new bills, and many of them were passed. Here are some highlights of what laws you can see go into affect.

A few of these new laws have to do with our education system. For instance, Bright Futures scholarships will be more difficult to acquire with higher requirements on the SAT. Also, there will be more charter schools opening close to public schools that don’t perform well by state standards. Testing requirements for teachers’ certification will become easier. Families of 4 who make less than $77,000 can get access to publicly funded scholarships for private schools.

There was a bill signed into law that creates a red tide mitigation program.

You can now legally grow fruits and vegetables in gardens in your front yard.

Less expensive drugs can be purchased and imported to Florida from Canada, among other countries, as long as they have approval from the U.S. Food & Drug Administration.

Texting and driving is now a primary offense, meaning you can get pulled over for it.

There’s now a ban on vaping at indoor workplaces.

Beginning in October, someone who injures or kills a first responder’s dog or horse cold face more prison time, up to 15 years, compared to the previous law that limited prison time to five years.

Click here for a more in-depth list of new Florida laws.