TAMPA - Here are five things you need to know happening in Florida on Tuesday, January 1.
(1) Florida minimum wage increases
Thousands of Florida workers will get a increase in pay on Tuesday.
The state's minimum wage is going up 12 cents an hour to $7.79. Approximately 210,000 out the 7.4 million workers in the state are expected to benefit from the increase. However, the 12 cents adds up to less than $5 additional a week.
An economist with the University of Central Florida says workers under the age of 24 account for about half of all minimum-wage earners.
The increase is expected to benefit hourly workers in the restaurant, hotel, security and phone sales industries.
One organization says the minimum wage increase will add more than $46 million to Florida's gross domestic product.
(2) Florida no-fault auto insurance change
The changes to Florida's No-Fault Auto Insurance Law take effect on Tuesday.
The Florida Legislature amended the insurance law last year in an attempt to reduce fraudulent claims and lower auto insurance costs.
The law requires anyone involved in an accident will have 14 days to seek medical treatment if they want to receive monetary benefits.
If a crash causes a medical emergency, victims can receive the same full Personal Injury Protection (PIP) medical benefit of $10,000 as has been the case since 1978.
However, for non-emergency treatments, the medical benefit will now be capped at $2,500 and neither massage therapy nor acupuncture will be reimbursed under PIP coverage. Plus, follow-up care for treatments covered by PIP will require a referral by a physician, osteopath, chiropractor or dentist.
An analysis by Pinnacle Actuarial Resources said the new law could reduce PIP insurance rates between 14 and 24 percent.
(3) Manatee County Homicide Investigative Unit
Law enforcement agencies in Manatee County are banding together beginning on Monday to form a Homicide Investigative Unit.
The unit is receiving five detectives from the Manatee County Sheriff's Office and one detective each from the Bradenton, Bradenton Beach, Holmes Beach, Longboat Key and Palmetto Police Departments.
Approximately half of the murders in Bradenton, Palmetto and unincorporated Manatee County occurring in the past five years remain unsolved.
Each of the law enforcement agencies contributing a detective to the unit will be responsible for paying their officer. Homicides will be assigned through the Sheriff's Office until a case turns cold.
For more information, contact the Manatee County Sheriff's Office at (941) 747-3011 or visit www.manateesheriff.com .
(4) U.S. Special Operations Command Parachute Demonstration Team at Capital One Bowl
The U.S. Special Operations Command Parachute Demonstration Team will participate in pre-game activities at the Capitol One Bowl in Orlando on Tuesday.
The team is made up of active duty military or Department of Defense civilians assigned to SOCOM at MacDill Air Force Base. They are scheduled to perform a free fall parachute demonstration before the kick off.
The Capitol One Bowl has the Nebraska Cornhuskers playing the Georgia Bulldogs at Citrus Bowl Stadium.
Kick off is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. The game will be televised on ABC-TV.
For more information on the bowl, visit www.capitalonebowl.com .
(5) 2013 Outback Bowl
The 2013 Outback Bowl will be played at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa on Tuesday.
The game features the #11 South Carolina Gamecocks taking on the #19 Michigan Wolverines. South Carolina is favored by 4 points.
The Gamecocks are looking to secure their second 11-win in school history. South Carolina quarterback Connor Shaw has thrown for 1,732 and 15 TDs this season. Backup quarterback Dylan Thompson is no slouch either, throwing for 910 yards and 8 TDs.
Michigan's offense this season was led by star quarterback Denard Robinson who injured his right elbow lat in the season. Replacing Robinson under center will be junior quarterback Devin Gardner. Robinson is expected to still contribute by running the ball and catching passes.
Michigan is 3-1 in four previous trips to the Outback Bowl, while South Carolina is 2-1 in three Outback Bowl appearances.
Kick off is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. The game will be broadcast by ESPN.
For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.outbackbowl.com .
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