New state laws in ef­fect

The Covington News - - FRONT PAGE - MADI­SON MOR­GAN­THALL mmor­gan­thall@cov­

On July 1, ap­prox­i­mately 116 new Ge­or­gia laws were put into ef­fect rang­ing from new reg­u­la­tions on home beer-brew­ing, to re­laxed sen­tenc­ing for ju­ve­niles who com­mit non­vi­o­lent acts, to new lim­its on worker’s com­pen­sa­tion.

One of the new laws in­cludes new reg­u­la­tions on the HOPE schol­ar­ship. Un­der the leg­is­la­tion, stu­dents at tech­ni­cal col­leges can qual­ify for the grant if they have a 2.0 grade­point aver­age or higher, as op­posed to the pre­vi­ous 3.0 re­quire­ment.

Stricter pun­ish­ment for DUI is in­cluded in one of the new laws, length­en­ing the time pe­riod that re­peat of­fend­ers must use an ig­ni­tion in­ter­lock sys­tem to start their cars.

This sys­tem al­lows DUI of­fend­ers to keep their driver’s li­censes if they drive ve­hi­cles that can only be started if the driver passes a breath­a­lyzer test each time.

Pre­vi­ously, the time pe­riod was 8 months, but it was ex­tended to 12 months.

An­other law that was im­ple­mented re­quires pri­vate and pub­lic em­ploy­ers with 10 or more em­ploy­ees to ver­ify the cit­i­zen­ship of their em­ploy­ees.

Some of th­ese laws went into ef­fect July 1 as the new fis­cal year be­gan.

Some new laws were put into ef­fect ear­lier this spring, and oth­ers won’t go into ef­fect un­til Jan­uary 2014 or July 2014.

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