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.