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Banning Synthetic Marijuana

August 20, 2012

During the past several years, a surge of young adults and teens have skirted the illegality of marijuana by purchasing and smoking instead a synthetic form of the drug.

Ending the Annual Ad Valorem Tax

August 20, 2012

The unpopular “birthday tax” car owners pay ended when Gov. Nathan Deal signed the tax reform bill HB 386 earlier this year. The bill eliminates the annual ad valorem tax car owners pay and the sales tax manufacturers pay for future purchases.

Department of Juvenile Justice Introduces TIP Line

August 17, 2012

To promote the safety of both juvenile offenders and detention center staff, the Department of Juvenile Justice last week introduced its new online TIP Line.

Outdoors Guide Goes Smart

August 14, 2012

If you're an avid outdoor enthusiast, you can enjoy even easier access to state parks with the Georgia Outdoors Guide, a free smartphone application available in the iTunes App Store and for the Android market.

Applying for Child Care Assistance

August 13, 2012

To ensure that children around the state are well taken care of, the Childcare and Parent Services (CAPS) program offers low-income families subsidies to pay for quality child care. CAPS covers costs for children 12 and younger; it also assists parents with special needs children up to age 17.

Sales Tax Holiday for Back-to-School Shopping Starts Today

August 9, 2012

Starting today parents can take advantage of sales tax free back-to-school shopping.

More School Nurses On Hand This Year

August 9, 2012

Starting this year, students will see more school nurses in their front office clinics. Under new legislation, public schools must now supply at least one nurse for every 750 elementary school students and one for every 1,500 middle and high school students.

The Future of T-SPLOST

August 8, 2012

As debate about the recent T-SPLOST vote winds down across much of the state, discussion is still lively for the three districts that approved the tax - the Central Savannah River Area, River Valley and Heart of Georgia Altamaha.

Strengthening Boating Safety Through Licensing

August 7, 2012

As families and state officials reflect on this year's fatal boating accidents on Lake Lanier, public safety advocates have begun calling for stricter regulation of recreational waterways. By requiring boaters to apply for licenses, much in the same way drivers do, advocates hope to curb boating accidents.

Plan Ahead Before Getting a License or ID

August 6, 2012

Since July 3, as part of its Secure ID initiative to comply with the Federal Real ID Act of 2005, the Department of Driver Services has required first time and renewing license holders to provide original documentation to prove identity, social security number and two proofs of residency.

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