Sunday nearly 150 new laws will take effect in Florida. Officials in Bay County are calling the passage of one law a progressive move forward, while one business owner calls another a step back.
Those two bills pertain to prayer in schools and personal injury protection, car insurance that every Florida driver is required to have.
The PIP bill eliminates insurance coverage for individuals seeking massage therapy or acupuncture after a car accident. The state hopes that the new legislation will help fight false claims. The new law also cuts the amount of money drivers can receive from the insurance company for anything other than an emergency medical condition.
Jill Giniger owns Beach Therapeutic Massage and Spa and says the changes will have serious implications.
"More and more people about 20 percent each year for the past five years have turned to massage instead of drugs after an auto accident," she says.
The changes will require clients to pay out of pocket for the therapy.
The move to change the policy on prayer in schools is a more welcome change to some officials at the Bay District School Board. School Board member Joe Walker strongly supports the bill which allows each district to determine whether or not prayer will be allowed in their schools.
"The students that want to say a prayer at school, they'll be able to say a prayer at school, as long as it doesn't interfere with the rights of other people."
A stipulation to the law requires that school district employees do not participate in the inspirational message, saying they cannot decide if it will happen, who will give the message, and what is actually said.