New criminal laws that have recently gone into effect or will be going into effect in Florida.

Criminal History Records – SB 0118

Prohibiting a person or entity engaged in publishing or disseminating arrest booking photographs from soliciting or accepting a fee or other payment to remove a photograph; authorizing a person whose arrest booking photograph is published to request in writing that it be removed; requiring the Criminal Justice Information Program to administratively seal the criminal history records of an adult or a minor upon notification by the clerk of the court under specified circumstances, etc. Effective Date: Except as otherwise expressly provided in this act and except for this section, which shall take effect upon this act becoming a law, this act shall take effect July 1, 2018. (Source: https://www.flsenate.gov/Session/Bill/2017/00118)

Pub. Rec./Identity of Witness to a Murder – HB 0111

Provides that personal identifying information of witness to murder remains confidential & exempt for specified period; authorizes specified entities & parties to receive information; provides for future legislative review & repeal of exemption.(Source: https://www.flsenate.gov/Session/Bill/2017/0111/ByVersion)

Proceedings Involving Minors or Certain Other Persons – HB 0151

Provides that judges may allow use of certain therapy animals or facility dogs in proceedings involving abuse, abandonment, or neglect; allows such animals to be used when taking testimony of certain other persons. (Source: https://www.flsenate.gov/Session/Bill/2017/151/BillText/er/PDF)