Key Lime, Boot Camp Laws Take Effect


July 1st is the start of the new fiscal year and the date that measures passed by the legislature in the spring become law.

Lawmakers took up the issue of military-style juvenile boot camps after 14-year-old Martin Lee Anderson died at a North Florida juvenile facility. Now, the camps will be abolished and replaced by programs with more emphasis on education and rehabilitation.

The state's public colleges and universities will be barred from sponsoring trips to countries labeled terrorist states.

Lawmakers also found time to choose key lime as the state's official pie, rejecting bids on behalf of sweet potato and pecan.

Another new law will make 'In God We Trust' Florida's official motto, although it has appeared on the state seal since 1868.

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