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Carl's Law, Named For St. Augustine Murder Victim, Among 26 Laws Taking Effect Oct. 1

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A law named after a St. Augustine murder victim will go into effect Saturday. Carl’s Law increases penalties when crime victims have disabilities. It’s named for Carl Starke, who had autism. 

As our partner News 4 Jax first reported, a group of Jacksonville teens targeted Starke during a crime spree and shot him outside his condominium in August of 2015.

Carl’s Law is among 26 that take effect this weekend after being crafted during the 2016 legislative session.

Another new law prohibits prosecution of minors for prostitution and makes it clear that engaging a child in prostitution is human trafficking. The measure also increases the penalty for renting space for prostitution.

Other laws increase criminal penalties for:

  • Helping someone escape house arrest
  • Selling or possessing more than one food-stamp EBT card
  • Threatening the lives of judges, police officers, fire fighters, state attorneys and their family members
  • Possessing credit card info copied from gas station pumps with machines called skimmers. 

And election supervisors are getting pay bumps averaging about $19,000, which keeps their salaries in line with those of property appraisers and other county officials.

Jessica Palombo supervises local news gathering and production, podcasts and web editorial content for WJCT News, ADAPT and Jacksonville Today. She is an award-winning writer and journalist with bylines including NPR, Experience Magazine, and The Gainesville Sun. She has a master’s degree in broadcast and digital journalism from Syracuse University and is an alumna of the University of Florida. A nearly lifelong resident of Jacksonville, she considers herself lucky to be raising her own children in her hometown. Follow Jessica Palombo on Twitter: @JaxJessicaP