- Associated Press - Saturday, May 3, 2014

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Legislation that passed during the 2014 regular session of the Florida Legislature, which ended Friday:


- Would ban abortions if a doctor determines the fetus could survive outside the womb.

- Would allow criminal charges for the death or injury of a fetus at any stage of development after crimes committed against the mother. Current law only allows murder or manslaughter charges after the death of a fetus that has developed to the point it can survive outside the womb.


- Will reduce motor vehicle registration fees.

- Would give shoppers buying clothes and school supplies a three-day tax holiday in August, a three-day sales tax holiday in September on the purchase of energy efficient appliances and a nine-day sales tax holiday on the sale of hurricane preparation supplies such as batteries and generators.


- Creates a mandatory minimum prison sentence of 50 years for people who rape children, elderly or mentally disabled people.

- Revises the Jimmy Ryce Act to potentially make more sexual predators go through a review to determine if they should be committed to a treatment center after finishing their sentences.

- Would increase the penalties for harvesting or possessing spiny lobsters out of season.

- Increase penalties for leaving the scene of an accident in which someone is injured or killed.

- Would eliminate mandatory life sentences for juveniles who commit first-degree murder and create a sentencing review for juveniles who commit first-degree felonies. An exception would be made for juveniles convicted of violent felonies before committing a first-degree murder.

- Would enhance penalties for school employees or volunteers who commit sexual offenses against students.


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