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14 Laws Going into Effect on July 1, 2014

July 1, 2014
A stack of yellow colored papers

A quick summary of a bill's birth: It's introduced to a chamber, debated, typically altered and then sent to the other chamber where it's debated, typically altered and sent back. After a final version passes both chambers, the bill is sent to the Governor who either signs, vetoes or does nothing.

But it's not over yet! Some bills become effective immediately. Others wait a few weeks. Others a few months. Typically though, most bills go into effect on July 1--the beginning of the new fiscal year.

Here's a quick list of some bills that officially become laws today:

Traffic

  • HB 459: No more "Sunday driving" in the passing lane. Now, you can get ticketed for not moving over to another lane when there's a faster car behind you.
  • HB 774: Increasing the maximum speed limit on interstates in urban areas with more than 50,000 people to 60 mph.
  • SB 136: You must complete boating education requirements to drive a boat in Georgia--part of the Kyle Glover Boat Education Law.

Criminal Justice

  • HB 845: Puts more restrictions on who can publish mugshots and when they can publish them.
  • SB 320: Creates a special Veterans Court Divisions for criminal court cases.
  • SB 365: Known as the Fair Business Practices Act, this new law helps offenders reenter society.

Georgia State Capitol

  • HB 702: Placing the Ten Commandments, Preamble to the state Constitution and Preamble to the United States Constitution on Capitol grounds.
  • HB 1080: Placing a statue of Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. on Capitol grounds.

Health and Assistance

  • SB 23: Help aid in the location of missing persons--Known as the Stacey Nicole English Act.
  • SB 391: Requires all medical facilities in Georgia apply for the TRICARE network.

Education

  • HB 697: Known as the Zell Miller Grant, full tuition will be given to technical college students who maintain a 3.5 grade point average or higher.
  • SB 288: High school athletic leagues must now disclose annual financial documents to participate in or sponsor interscholastic sporting events.

Other

  • HB 60: Specifies the places where people with proper licenses can carry firearms--also called the Safe Carry Protection Act.
  • SB 386: Limits the listing of your sensitive information (such as Social Security numbers, taxpayer ID numbers and financial account numbers) from being published in public court documents.

For further explanations about these new laws and more, feel free to read more Georgia.gov blogs about the legislative session.

About the Author

Bethany McDaniel is the Interactive Web Content Manager for GeorgiaGov. She graduated from Berry College in Rome, GA with degrees in Visual Communication and History.