Recently the State of Florida passed some new laws into legislation. Some of these new laws involve changes to consumer laws for the State of Florida. Some of these new consumer laws we listed for you below and you can click the hyperlink for more information about each house or senate bill.
Internet piracy: Websites that sell commercial music and movies must post identification and contact information on their sites. The new law was opposed by some of the nation’s largest Internet companies (SB 604).
PSC reforms: HB 7109 Limits future members of the Public Service Commission to three consecutive, four-year terms, require utilities to notify customers of the best available rates and prevents electric utilities from charging higher rates through extensions of billing cycles.
Service animals: Makes it a second-degree misdemeanor to misrepresent a pet as a service animal or harass disabled service-animal owners about their disability and need for the service animal (HB 71). This one is interesting because I know of a few people who have service animals for pets. Just because you have a pet doesn’t mean you can pass it off as a service animal. Get it legalized!
Drones: Prohibits drones from being used to watch people when they are on private property where they enjoy a “reasonable expectation of privacy,” defined as place where a person “is not observable by a person located at ground level…regardless of whether he or she is observable from the air” (SB 766). This one is more of a personal privacy law; however, I thought it was important enough to include this one for you.
If you are interested in:
- Learning more about the State of Florida’s Consumer Protection Division
- Want to understand what rights you have as a consumer in the state of Florida
- Would like to know what consumer laws are available to support you up as a consumer
- Speaking to someone in the Consumer Protection Division of the State of Florida
…then you should keep this website available. Attorney General Pam Bondi. She is in charge of the Florida Office of the Attorney General.