Florida will have 159 new laws take effect dealing with abortion, budget, sex predators


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TALLAHASSEE, Florida — Nearly 160 new state laws will go into effect Tuesday.

They include laws that will better track sexual offenders, allow children of immigrants in the country illegally to get in-state tuition at state universities, ban e-cigarette sales to minors, allow local school boards to choose which textbooks are used in their classrooms and redefine the state's ban on late-term abortions.

The most important law taking effect will be the state's $77 billion budget.

The budget includes more money for child welfare programs and projects to battle water pollution. It also boosted money for colleges and universities but without raising student tuition rates.

All but two of the 159 new laws were approved by the Legislature during the session that ended in May. The other two were bills approved in 2013.

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