Thursday, July 9, 2009

New Laws on the Georgia Books effective July 1st, 2009.

The Georgia Legislative Watch blog stated that 89 new laws passed by the General Assembly during the last session went into effect on July 1st. The full list, with links, is available for download into an Excel spreadsheet here. The items below are just a few which caught my eye.

HB 86 Requires absentee ballots to be counted by precinct and separate returns to be made showing the results by each precinct

HB 149 This bill creates the ‘Move on When Ready Act” that allows eleventh and twelfth graders to attend college for high school course credit

HB 229 Requires schools to conduct annual fitness tests on students in grades first to twelfth

HB 280 Provides salary increase for math and science teachers in 2010

HB 300 Requires local school systems to provide information to parents on meningococcal meningitis disease and its vaccine

HB 312 Provides licensing and education requirements for mortgage brokers

HB 457 Revises the definition of disabled adult to include a person with Alzheimer’s disease. The bill further provides that anyone who acts with specific intent to abuse, neglect, or exploit any disabled adult (including persons with Alzheimer’s) who is a resident of a long-term care facility will be guilty of a felony punishable by imprisonment of one to five years.

HB 482 Exempts business inventory from state ad valorem tax

HB 528 Homeowner associations that charge annual fees over $500 must provide expense list to homeowners

SB 8 Allows students to administer epi-pens at school for severe allergic reactions

SB 14 Restricts any person who is on the National Sex Offender Registry or the state sexual offended registry from becoming elected or serving on a local board of education

SB 86 Requires Georgia citizens to provide proof of U.S. citizenship when registering to vote

SB 89 Allows the consumption of food and beverages in a rapid rail station or intermodal bus station

SB 155 Provides for an additional exception to 25-foot stream buffer requirement for emphemeral stream

SB 172 Allows victims to recover for emotional and mental trauma without physical injury

SB 196 Right of way violations resulting in serious injuries - provides for a 30-day driver’s license suspension for anyone convicted two or more times of causing serious injury to another person due to a right of way violation resulting in a collision with a motorcyclist, bicyclist, pedestrian, or farmer operating any vehicle used to transport agricultural products. In addition to the suspension, the driver will be fined from $500.00 up to $1,000.00 and imprisoned from 10 days up to 12 months.Such fine will be mandatory and may not be waived, suspended, or conditioned upon the completion of any course or prison sentence.


Cerebration said...
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Cerebration said...

There's another law passed that may prove helpful to many families (it did to ours). SB 182 allows parents to keep children on their family health insurance policy until age 25, REGARDLESS of whether or not they are a full time student. (This is already saving our family $100/month!)

A provision that, with respect to termination of benefits for, or coverage of, any person who is a dependent child of an insured, the child shall continue to be insured up to and including age 25 so long as the coverage of the member continues in effect, and the child remains a dependent of the insured parent or guardian, for Georgia income tax purposes.

This paragraph shall not apply to group policies under which an employer provides coverage for dependents of its employees and pays the entire cost of the coverage without any charge to the employee or dependents; etc...