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Associated Press - June 29, 2007 3:54 PM ET

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Dozens of new measures passed by the Legislature this spring that become law July first when Florida's new 71 and a half billion-dollar budget for the 2007 and 2008 fiscal year takes effect.

The new laws include:

Florida high school athletes who take part in football, baseball or weightlifting will be subject to random steroid testing.

The state is required to spend almost $55 million for smoking cessation programs and teen smoking prevention.

New buildings and houses will be required to have carbon monoxide detectors. The bill also requires hotels have carbon monoxide detectors in rooms where there are boilers.

Another new law will make it a misdemeanor crime, rather than a traffic infraction, to leave a child under six-years-old in a vehicle without the engine running for 15 minutes or more. The bill also says that parents cannot leave children in a car for any length of time if the "health of the child is in danger," although it does not spell out who should decide that.

Prohibit the commercial use of names or pictures of US service members without their permission, or that of their families if they are deceased.

Allow alleged victims of sexual offenses not to be required to submit to polygraph or other truth-telling examinations as a condition of proceeding with investigation of such offense.

Get tougher on drunken drivers who leave the scene of an accident. If someone dies they would have to go to prison for a minimum of 2 years.

The unauthorized use of band names are now prohibited.

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