TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — Nearly 150 new laws take effect July 1 in Florida, including several that impact Florida schools.

The Stop Woke Act bans critical race theory concepts in schools. The Parental Rights in Education Act restricts teaching gender identity in public schools. High-stakes testing will also come to an end, with Florida moving to progress monitoring for the upcoming school year.

The Parental Rights in Education Act only applies to kindergarten through third-grade classrooms and supporters said it aims to shield students from material that’s not “age-appropriate.”

The law prevents teachers from discussing LGBTQ+ issues in classrooms, and it also allows parents/guardians to sue teachers and/or schools who discuss these topics.

“We need to be focusing on teaching kids to read and to write and math and science and understanding American history and having civics so that they understand the constitution and they understand that our rights come from god, not from government,” Governor Ron DeSantis said at a recent event.

Critics say the bill will further stigmatize queer youth.

“My concern is that many students or family members feel less than, as they’re walking into school, or feel that they don’t belong. It puts students in a position where they have to hide who they are. Students don’t learn best that way. I think it’s just opening up opportunities for division and for discrimination,” said U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona. “Our office for civil rights is ready and prepared to take on discrimination complaints. No one, students, employees, families, should ever feel that they are being discriminated against because who they love.”

Full List of Laws Taking Effect in July:

  • HB 3: Law Enforcement
  • HB 5: Reducing Fetal and Infant Mortality
  • HB 7: Individual Freedom
  • HB 31: Firefighter Inquiries and Investigations
  • HB 45: Educational Opportunities for Disabled Veterans
  • HB 105: Regulation of Smoking By Counties and Municipalities
  • SB 144: Identification Cards
  • SB 160: Transportation-related Facility Designations
  • HB 173: Care of Students with Epilepsy or Seizure Disorders
  • HB 195: Juvenile Diversion Program Expunction
  • SB 196: Florida Housing Finance Corporation
  • HB 197: Pub. Rec./Nonjudicial Arrest Record of a Minor
  • SB 222: Swimming Pool Specialty Contracting Services
  • SB 224: Regulation of Smoking in Public Places
  • HB 225: Charter School Charters
  • SB 226: Care for Retired Police Dogs
  • SB 235: Restraint of Students with Disabilities in Public Schools
  • SB 236: Children with Developmental Delays
  • SB 254: Religious Institutions
  • HB 255: Private Instructional Personnel Providing Applied Behavior Analysis Services
  • SB 266: Motor Vehicle Insurance
  • SB 282: Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders
  • SB 288: Electronic Dissemination of Commercial Recordings and Audiovisual Works
  • SB 312: Telehealth
  • SB 350: Procedures for Petitions for Utility Rate Relief
  • SB 352: Construction Liens
  • HB 357: Pharmacies and Pharmacy Benefit Managers
  • HB 375: Structural Engineering Recognition Program for Professional Engineers
  • HB 381: Breach of Bond Costs
  • HB 397: Court Fiscal Administration
  • SB 418: Assistive Technology Advisory Council
  • HB 423: Building Regulation
  • SB 442: Powers of Land Authorities
  • HB 453: Officer and Firefighter Physical Examination Requirements and Records
  • SB 454: Florida Commission on Offender Review
  • HB 469: Patient Care in Health Care Facilities
  • SB 474: Recreational Off-highway Vehicles
  • HB 481: Temporary Underground Power Panels
  • HB 459: Step-therapy Protocols
  • HB 469: Patient Care in Health Care Facilities
  • SB 514: Substitution of Work Experience for Postsecondary Education Requirements
  • SB 518: Private Property Rights to Prune, Trim, and Remove Trees
  • SB 534: Prescription Drugs Used in the Treatment of Schizophrenia for Medicaid Recipients
  • HB 539: Nursing Home Financial Reporting
  • SB 542 Evidentiary Standards for Actions Arising During an Emergency
  • HB 543: Uterine Fibroid Research and Education
  • SB 544: Drug-related Overdose Prevention
  • SB 562: Military Occupational Licensure
  • HB 593: Telecommunicator Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation
  • SB 596: Criminal Conflict and Civil Regional Counsels
  • SB 598: Public Records/Criminal Conflict and Civil Regional Counsel Office
  • SB 606: Boating Safety
  • HB 615: Human Trafficking
  • HB 631: Airport Funding
  • SB 632: Occupational Therapy
  • SB 634: Judicial Notice
  • HB 689: Workers’ Compensation Benefits for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
  • SB 706: School Concurrency
  • SB 722: Education for Student Inmates
  • SB 752: Probationary or Supervision Services for Misdemeanor Offenders
  • SB 758: Education
  • SB 768: Department of Health
  • SB 806: Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Forms of Dementia Education and Public Awareness
  • HB 817: Emergency Medical Care and Treatment to Minors Without Parental Consent
  • HB 837: Hurricane Loss Mitigation Program
  • SB 838: Fire Investigators
  • SB 854: Florida Statutes
  • HB 855: Managed Care Plan Performance
  • SB 856: Private Provider Inspections of Onsite Sewage Treatment and Disposal Systems
  • SB 882: Inventories of Critical Wetlands
  • SB 896: Educator Certification Pathways for Veterans
  • SB 898: Lodging Standards
  • HB 899: Mental Health of Students
  • HB 909: Pollution Control Standards and Liability
  • SB 914: Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles
  • HB 915: Commercial Motor Vehicle Registration
  • HB 921: Campaign Financing
  • HB 959: Department of Financial Services
  • HB 963: Funding for Sheriffs
  • HB 965: Environmental Management
  • HB 967: Golf Course Best Management Practices Certification
  • SB 1000: Nutrient Application Rates
  • SB 1006: State Symbols
  • SB 1012: Victims of Crimes
  • HB 1023: Insolvent Insurers
  • SB 1038: Florida Seaport Transportation and economic Development Council
  • SB 1048: Student Assessments
  • SB 1054: Financial Literacy Instruction in Public Schools
  • HB 1097: Florida Citrus
  • HB 1099: Living Organ Donors in Insurance Policies
  • SB 1110: Grease Waste Removal and Disposal
  • HB 1119: Grandparent Visitation Rights
  • SB 1140: Alarm Systems
  • SB 1186: Agritourism
  • SB 1190: Two-way Radio Communication Enhancement Systems
  • HB 1209: Administration of Vaccines
  • SB 1222: Acute and Post-acute Hospital Care at Home
  • SB 1236: County and Municipal Detention Facilities
  • SB 1244: Statutes of Limitation for Offenses Relating to Sexual Performance by a Child
  • SB 1246: County and Municipal Detention Facilities
  • HB 1249: Treatment of Defendants Adjudicated Incompetent to Stand Trial
  • SB 1262: Mental Health and Substance Abuse
  • SB 1304: Public Records/Trust Proceedings
  • HB 1349: Guardianship Data Transparency
  • SB 1360: Governor’s Medal of Freedom
  • SB 1368: Trusts
  • SB 1374: Clinical Laboratory Testing
  • HB 1411: Floating Solar Facilities
  • HB 1421: School Safety
  • SB 1432: Vessel Anchoring
  • HB 1445: OGSR/Dependent Eligibility Information/DMS, contingent upon SB 7026
  • HB 1467: K-12 Education
  • HB 1469: Transportation Facility Designations
  • SB 1474: Online Training for Private Security Officers
  • SB 1502: Estates and Trusts
  • SB 1526: Public Records/Annuity Contract Payees
  • SB 1552: Direct-support Organization for the Florida Prepaid College Board
  • HB 1557: Parental Rights in Education
  • HB 1577: Homeless Youth
  • SB 1680: Financial Institutions
  • SB 1712: Veteran Suicide Prevention Training Pilot Program
  • SB 1764: Municipal Solid Waste-to-Energy Program
  • SB 1770: Donor Human Milk Bank Services
  • SB 1844: Mental Health and Substance Abuse
  • SB 1950: Statewide Medicaid Managed Care Program
  • SB 2510: Florida Gaming Control Commission
  • SB 2518: Information Technology
  • SB 2524: Education
  • SB 2526: Health
  • SB 2530: Motor Vehicle Title Fees
  • HB 5001: General Appropriations Act
  • HB 5003: Implementing the 2022-2023 General Appropriations Act
  • HB 5005: Collective Bargaining
  • HB 5007: State-administered Retirement Systems
  • HB 5009: State Group Insurance Program
  • HB 5301: Capitol Complex
  • SB 7026: OGSR/Dependent Eligibility Verification Services
  • HB 7029: Time Limitations for Preadjudicatory Juvenile Detention Care
  • SB 7034: Child Welfare
  • SB 7036: Lifeline Telecommunications Service
  • SB 7044: Postsecondary Education
  • HB 7053: Statewide Flooding and Sea Level Rise Resilience
  • HB 7055: Cybersecurity
  • HB 7057: Pub. Rec. and Meetings/Cybersecurity, contingent upon HB 7055
  • HB 7065: Child Welfare
  • HB 7071: Taxation

Laws Taking Effect in September

  • HB 1049: Trailer Estates Fire Control District, Manatee County, takes effect Sept. 30, 2022

Laws Taking Effect in October

  • HB 95: Controlled Substances, takes effect Oct. 1, 2022
  • HB 389: Money Services Businesses, takes effect Oct. 1, 2022
  • HB 399: Motor Vehicle and Vessel Law Enforcement, takes effect Oct. 1, 2022
  • SB 444: Indecent, Lewd, or Lascivious Touching, takes effect Oct. 1, 2022
  • SB 546: Consumer Finance Loans, takes effect Oct. 1, 2022
  • HB 777: Local Tax Referenda Requirements, takes effect Oct. 1, 2022
  • HB 905: Protective Injunctions, takes effect Oct. 1, 2022
  • SB 1534: Retail Theft, takes effect Oct. 1, 2022
  • HB 1571: Residential Picketing, takes effect Oct. 1, 2022
  • SB 1798: Sexually Related Offenses, takes effect Oct. 1, 2022
  • HB 6037: Traveling Across County Lines to Commit a Burglary, takes effect Oct. 1, 2022
  • SB 7000: OGSR/Nonviable Birth Certificates, takes effect Oct. 1, 2022
  • SB 7002: OGSR/Information Relating to Medical Marijuana Held by the Department of Health, takes effect Oct. 1, 2022
  • SB 7004: OGSR/Technology Systems/State University or a Florida College System Institution, takes effect Oct. 1, 2022
  • SB 7006: OGSR/Campus Emergency Response, takes effect Oct. 1, 2022
  • SB 7008: OGSR/Substance Abuse Impaired Persons, takes effect Oct. 1, 2022
  • HB 7009: OGSR/Health Information/Department of Corrections, takes effect Oct. 1, 2022
  • SB 7010: OGSR/Public and Professional Guardians, takes effect Oct. 1, 2022
  • HB 7015: OGSR/Identity of a Witness to Murder, takes effect Oct. 1, 2022
  • SB 7016: OGSR/Information Submitted by Insurers/Department of Financial Services, takes effect Oct. 1, 2022
  • SB 7018: OGSR/Injured or Deceased Employee/Department of Financial Services, takes effect Oct. 1, 2022
  • SB 7020: OGSR/Office of Financial Regulation, takes effect Oct. 1, 2022
  • SB 7024: OGSR/Alleged Victim or Victim of Sexual Harassment, takes effect Oct. 1, 2022

Laws Taking Effect in December

  • HB 7001: Implementation of the Constitutional Prohibition Against Lobbying by a Public Officer, takes effect Dec. 31, 2022
  • HB 7003: Implementation of the Constitutional Prohibition Against Lobbying by a Former Justice or Judge, takes effect Dec. 31, 2022

Laws With Extra Requirements

  • HB 995: Sumter County, contingent upon referendum
  • HB 1491: Alligator Point Water Resources District, Franklin County, contingent upon referendum
  • HB 1493: Alachua County, contingent upon referendum
  • HB 1521: Professional Counselors Licensure Compact, contingent upon other states
  • HB 1523: Pub. Rec. and Meetings/Professional Counselors Licensure Compact, contingent upon HB 1521

Laws Taking Effect in 2023

  • HB 273: Money Services Businesses, takes effect Jan. 1, 2023
  • SB 292: Newborn Screenings, takes effect Jan. 1, 2023
  • SB 336: Uniform Commercial Code, takes effect Jan. 1, 2023
  • SB 754: Mobile Home Registration Periods, takes effect Sept. 1, 2023
  • HB 7049: Legal Notices, takes effect Jan. 1, 2023