2017-07-05 / Front Page

News laws that went into effect July 1st

Beginning July 1st, several new laws went into effect in Georgia. A synopsis of some of those laws which received a lot of attention is listed below.

HB806, dictates that instead of the expiration of driver licenses being five years, it’s now eight years with a $32 fee. Applicants will need one document providing identity, either a passport, birth certificate or citizenship certificate, and one document providing Social Security number. In addition, applicants will need two documents providing evidence of Georgia residency, which includes a bank statement, utility bill or rental agreement.

House Bill 806 requires the courts to report motor vehicle convictions other than speeding.

Also, Georgia will become the latest state to have laws regard- ing the ignition interlock system for first time DUI offenders. Beginning July 1st, anyone accused of a DUI can waive a hearing and apply to have an ignition interlock system installed on their car. A driver has to blow into the machine and pass a breath test to be able to start their car. Offenders must pay an installation fee and a monthly service fee for the system.

SB16 expands the list of qualifying medical conditions for the use of medical marijuana products. Those conditions are cancer, ALS, multiple sclerosis, seizure disorders, Crohn’s disease, sickle cell anemia, autism (in the case of minors), Tourette’s syndrome, a skin condition called epidermolysis bullosa, Alzheimer’s, AIDS, and peripheral neuropathy.

For a full list of Georgia’s laws go to: https://gov.georgia.gov/legislation/2016.

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