DeSantis signs bills on smoking bans and stolen sex images

Republican Governor Ron DeSantis signed 35 bills into law on Friday, including legislation allowing local governments to ban smoking on beaches and parks and vetoed five, including legislation that would have allowed businesses to sue more easily local governments about ordinances.

Here’s a look at what some of the new laws will do:

— Require the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles to issue, replace, or renew an ID card free of charge to anyone with a valid Florida voter ID who is experiencing financial hardship. It will also allow people aged 80 and over to be issued an identity card if they lose their right to drive due to a failed vision test.

— Allow religious institutions to hold services during a state-declared emergency in certain cases.

– Make it a crime to buy, sell or trade sexually explicit images stolen from someone’s phone or other digital devices. It will also make the dissemination of altered or created sexually explicit images, known as deepfakes, a crime, and strengthen laws on child pornography, revenge pornography and bestiality.

— Require local governments to hold referendums on tax issues on the same day as a general election.

— Facilitate grandparents’ access to visitation rights to spend time with their grandchildren.

– Prohibit state agencies and local governments from making payments due to ransomware incidents. Requires newly hired government employees to be trained in cybersecurity.

Among the bills being vetoed are measures that would have:

— Made significant changes to state alimony laws, including the elimination of lifetime alimony, prohibiting the awarding of alimony to someone who earns more than their spouse, and creating a presumption rebuttable that shared custody is in the best interest of the child.

— Allow businesses established for at least three years to sue local governments over injunctions if they cause a loss of profit of 15% or more. If a company sued a city or county, the order would have been stayed until the case was resolved. Judges would have had the ability to require governments to pay the company’s legal costs if the court overturned an order.