Some new laws went into effect on January 1, 2020. It pays to stay abreast of these legal changes, as some may directly affect you.
- Officers started issuing tickets for the texting and driving law. This law went into effect July 1, but law enforcement had been using the first six months to issue warnings to drivers. The new law makes texting and driving a primary offense, which means you can now get pulled over for it.
- The minimum wage went up 10-cents starting January 1, 2020 in Florida. That means workers will make at least $8.56 an hour which is above the national minimum wage. The wage for servers and tipped based professionals will also increase by 10 cents, from $5.46 to $5.56.
- For the first time, Floridians can execute wills online, and notaries can affix their seals and signatures to legal documents signed out of their presence, if they witness the signature via live, two-way video links. Third-party witnesses needed for wills and other documents may also appear remotely.
- County court jurisdictional thresholds increased to $30,000 on January 1, 2020, and to $50,000 on January 1, 2023.
- Small claims cases on January 1, 2020, will include cases up to $8,000
- Filers will be required to include a civil cover sheet specifying the dollar amount in dispute in cases exceeding $8,000 in value.
- Have your own business and been looking to have a store front? It's not much but taxes for a commercial leases dropped from 5.7% to 5.5% starting January 1.