GA state laws and amendments that go into effect on July 1

GA state laws and amendments that go into effect on July 1
(Source: WALB)

(WALB) - Every year at the beginning of July, new state laws and amendments go into effect.

This year, several laws including the Hands-Free Georgia Act will begin July 1.

Below is a list of other state laws and amendments that will be effective beginning Sunday:

  • HB 673: Relating to motor vehicles and traffic, so as to prohibit actions which distract a driver while operating a motor vehicle; to provide for the proper and safe use of wireless telecommunications devices while driving; to provide for definitions; to provide for violations; to provide for punishments; to provide for the assessment of points upon conviction; to provide for additional fines to be collected by the Department of Driver Services; to provide for applicability; to provide for punishments for homicide by vehicle and for serious bodily injury by vehicle when driver was operating such motor vehicle while using a wireless telecommunications device; to correct cross-references.
  • HB 65: Relating to the establishment of the Low THC Oil Patient Registry, definitions, purpose, registration cards, quarterly reports, and waiver forms, so as to change provisions relating to conditions and eligibility; to provide a definition; to remove certain reporting requirements.
  • HB 805: To abolish the office of county treasurer of Terrell County.
  • HB 732: Relating to trafficking of persons for labor or sexual servitude, so as to expand the offense of trafficking an individual for sexual servitude; to change the punishment for a certain type of trafficking an individual for sexual servitude.
  • HB 79: To prohibit law enforcement from retaining license plate data obtained from automated license plate recognition systems beyond a certain period.
  • HB 121: Amendment to change provisions relating to minor or unborn beneficiaries.
  • HB 852: To the organization of schools and school systems under the "Quality Basic Education Act," so as to provide for a student's continued enrollment in a public school under certain circumstances.
  • HB 876: Relating to state-wide application of minimum standard codes, adoption of more stringent requirements by local governments, adoption of standards for which state code does not exist, and exemptions for farm buildings and structures, so as to prohibit counties and municipalities from proscribing the use of wood in the construction of buildings when state minimum standard codes are otherwise met.
  • HB 190: Relating to marriage generally, so as to change provisions relating to marriage articles; to provide for a definition; to clarify provisions relating to antenuptial agreements; to repeal provisions relating to recording certain documents; to modernize terminology and repeal arcane concepts.
  • HB 803: Relating to protection of elder persons, so as to prohibit trafficking a disabled adult, elder person, or resident.
  • HB 635: Relating to the "Disabled Adults and Elder Persons Protection Act," so as to provide for the establishment of at-risk adult protective investigative/coordinating teams to coordinate the investigation of and responses to suspected instances of abuse, neglect, or exploitation of disabled adults or elder persons.
  • HB 878: Relating to procedure for cancellation by an insured and notice, so as to change certain provisions regarding cancellation of an insurance policy by an insured.
  • HB 592: Relating to insurance compliance self-evaluative privilege, so as to repeal the applicability and sunset provisions.
  • HB 843: Relating to tax credits for business enterprises in less developed areas, so as to include any census tract that in a county that contains a certain federal military installation and also contains an industrial park that is owned and operated by a governmental entity.
  • HB 840: Relating to specific, business, and occupation taxes, so as to provide an exemption from penalties and interest in the event of military service in a combat zone.
  • HB 135: Relating to certain law enforcement officers permitted to obtain creditable service in the Employees' Retirement System of Georgia under certain conditions, so as to expand the class of law enforcement officers that may obtain creditable service in such retirement system under certain conditions.
  • HB 779: To establish the homeland security division of the Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency; to amend Code Section 16-11-130 of the O.C.G.A., relating to exemptions from Code Sections 16-11-126 through 16-11-127.2, so as to authorize any officer or agent or retired officer or agent of such division to carry a handgun on or off duty within this state with an exception; to amend Chapter 3 of Title 35 of the O.C.G.A., relating to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, so as to revise the duties of the director of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation pertaining to the Georgia Information Sharing and Analysis Center; to revise the duties of the Georgia Information Sharing and Analysis Center.
  • HB 740: Relating to improved student learning environment and discipline in elementary and secondary education, so as to require local school systems to conduct certain screenings, assessments, and reviews prior to expelling or assigning a student in kindergarten through third grade to out-of-school suspension for five or more consecutive or cumulative days during a school year; to provide exceptions.
  • HB 751: Relating to emergency management, so as to establish the Georgia Emergency Communications Authority; to amend Title 46 of the O.C.G.A., relating to public utilities and public transportation, so as to revise the Georgia Emergency Telephone Number 9-1-1 Service Act of 1977 to account for the establishment of the authority; to amend Chapter 8 of Title 35, Title 45, and Article 1 of Chapter 2 of Title 48 of the O.C.G.A., relating to employment and training of peace officers, public officers and employees, and state administrative organization, respectively, so as to make conforming changes.
  • HB 890: Relating to offenses against public order, so as to make it unlawful to use an emergency exit after having shoplifted; to provide for a penalty.
  • HB 749: Relating to the imposition, rate, computation, and exemptions from state income tax, so as to clarify an exemption for retirement income is applicable to income received by a taxpayer as a retirement benefit from noncivilian service in the armed forces of the United States or the reserve components thereof; to provide an exemption for certain military retirement income for surviving family members.
  • HB 344: Relating to motion to set aside determination of paternity, so as to allow parties beyond movants in a case concerning a child support order to request a genetic test from the Department of Human Services under certain circumstances.
  • HB 658: Relating to excise tax on rooms, lodgings, and accommodations, so as to remove the sunset date for the time during which a certain excise tax on rooms, lodgings, and accommodations may be collected.
  • HB 701: Relating to definitions for drug testing for state employment, so as to allow for testing for all forms of opioids.
  • HB 834: Relating to general provisions concerning landlord and tenant, so as to provide for the termination of a rental or lease agreement for residential real estate under circumstances involving family violence; to provide for definitions; to provide for notice and terms of termination.
  • HB 700: Relating to service cancelable loan fund and authorized types of service cancelable educational loans financed by state funds and issued by the Georgia Student Finance Authority, so as to include graduate degree programs; to require application for additional educational assistance programs; to implement a two-year service requirement.
  • HB 699: Relating to basic firefighter training courses and transfer of certification, so as to provide that military firefighter training may be accepted as required basic training.
  • HB 831: Relating to transfer of division of rehabilitation services to the Department of Labor, so as to establish the Employment First Georgia Council; to provide for legislative findings and declarations; to provide for membership, duties, terms of office, meeting requirements, committee appointments, compensation, and expense allowances; to provide for a biannual report to the Governor and the General Assembly
  • HB 697: Relating to exemptions from sales and use tax, so as to extend an exemption from state sales and use tax for five additional years regarding the sale or use of tangible personal property to certain nonprofit health centers; to extend an exemption for five additional years with respect to certain nonprofit volunteer health clinics.
  • HB 978: Relating to school buses, so as to revise the enforcement of civil monetary penalties; to provide for procedures and enforcement; to provide for dedication of fees collected from local civil monetary penalties; to amend Article 2 of Chapter 14 of Title 40 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, relating to speed detection devices, so as to provide for automated traffic enforcement safety devices in school zones; to provide for the operation of automated traffic enforcement safety devices; to provide for automated traffic enforcement safety device testing exceptions and procedures; to provide for automated traffic enforcement safety device use warning signs; safety devices; to provide for rules, regulations, and terms of use for automated traffic enforcement safety devices.
  • HB 150: Relating to general toll powers, police powers, and rules and regulations of the State Road and Tollway Authority and definitions relative to setoff debt collection by the Department of Revenue, respectively, so as to provide for the placement of a hold on motor vehicle registration upon failure to pay proper tolls and administrative fees; to provide for setoff of such debt owed from tax refunds by the Department of Revenue.
  • HB 938: Relating to limited licenses, so as to provide for a limited credit insurance agency license; to provide for requirements; to provide for application to the Commissioner; to provide for penalties; to provide for a decision appeal; to provide for license renewal.
  • HB 571: Relating to the Magistrates Retirement Fund, so as to provide that a member in arrears for dues payments for a period of 90 days shall be suspended from the fund and must apply for reinstatement; to provide for elections for designated survivor's benefits; to provide that certain retired members may become employed in a certain position and continue to receive benefits.
  • HB 787: Relating to education, so as to revise certain provisions relative to charter schools; to provide that state charter schools may receive services from regional educational service agencies; to revise provisions relating to a code of principles and standards for charter school authorizers; to revise funding for state chartered special schools and state charter schools; to provide for initial funding for charter schools with projected student growth exceeding 2 percent; to provide for initial funding for training and experience.
  • HB 769: Relating to pharmacists and pharmacies and health, respectively, so as to implement recommendations from the House Rural Development Council relating to health care issues; to revise provisions relative to pharmacy practices; to provide for and revise definitions; to revise provisions relative to credentialing and billing; to provide for the establishment of the Rural Center for Health Care Innovation and Sustainability; to revise provisions relative to certificate of need; to provide for the establishment of micro-hospitals; to provide for a grant program for insurance premium assistance for physicians practicing in medically underserved rural areas of the state.
  • HB 906: Relating to inspection of public records, so as to exclude public disclosure of personal information of certain foster parents or former foster parents.
  • HB 920: Relating to general provisions for adoption, so as to allow for the use of the department's information concerning the parties to an adoption under certain circumstances.
  • HB 973: Relating to ethics in government, so as to provide that lobbyists shall acknowledge receiving, reading, and agreeing to abide by the sexual harassment policy of the General Assembly as a condition to lobbyist registration; to provide that violation of the sexual harassment policy by a lobbyist shall be grounds for sanctioning such lobbyist; to provide that complaints regarding violation of the sexual harassment policy of the General Assembly by any lobbyist may be reported to the Georgia Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission by the General Assembly with recommendations for sanctions.
  • HB 929: Relating to the water and sewer projects and costs tax (MOST), so as to allow for additional renewals of the tax.
  • HB 398: Relating to general provisions for the Peace Officers' Annuity and Benefit Fund, so as to update a cross-reference; to add a position eligible for membership in such fund; to provide for a certain employer's contribution to such fund.
  • HB 287: Relating to registration and licensing of motor vehicles, so as to provide for the issuance of special license plates honoring family members of service members killed in action at no cost to eligible family members.
  • HB 475: Relating to charitable solicitations, so as to implement additional requirements for use of collection receptacles for donations; to provide additional penalties for violation of said chapter.
  • HB 904: Relating to certain liability not limited, so as to clarify provisions relating to the effect of an owner of land charging an admission price or fee.
  • HB 432: Relating to definitions relative to tuition equalization grants at private colleges and universities, so as to provide that certain institutions that lack accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools shall be deemed to be an approved school for tuition equalization purposes if previously deemed an approved school under certain alternative provisions.
  • HB 494: Relating to early care and learning, so as to revise certain provisions relating to the safety of children in early care and education programs; to authorize hearsay in preliminary hearings regarding emergency closure of a program or the emergency placement of a monitor or monitors; to revise the definition of "crime" for purposes of background checks; to provide that background checks are not valid if an individual has been separated from employment for more than 180 consecutive days from an early care and education program.
  • HB 513: Relating to safe place for newborns, so as to provide for signs to be posted at certain medical facilities to indicate locations where a newborn child may be left such that the mother can avoid criminal prosecution.
  • HB 718: Relating to compulsory attendance, so as to excuse certain absences of students with parents in service of the armed forces of the United States, the Reserves, or the National Guard or veterans of same.
  • HB 422: Relating to the Department of Veterans Service, so as to authorize incorporation of a nonprofit corporation as a public foundation; to provide requirements for the same; to provide for the purpose and governance of such public foundation; to provide for annual reports.
  • HB 714: Relating to safe operation of motor carriers and commercial motor vehicles, so as to update the reference date to federal regulations regarding the safe operation of motor carriers and commercial motor vehicles.
  • HB 739: Relating to employment of certificated professional personnel in elementary and secondary education, so as to give a short title to a Code section relating to qualification for certain certificates for military spouses.
  • HB 657: Relating to general provisions regarding dangerous instrumentalities and practices, so as to make unlawful the knowing and intentional provision of any firearm for the purpose of providing such firearm to any person known to be on probation as a felony first offender or to have been convicted of a felony; to provide for criminal penalties; to clarify that affirmative confirmation by firearm provider is not required.
  • HB 763: Relating to compulsory attendance for students in elementary and secondary education, so as to expand the student attendance protocol committees to school climate; to provide for recommendations; to provide for periodic review of recommendations.
  • HB 419: Relating to general provisions regarding local government provisions applicable to counties and municipal corporations, so as to enable the governing authority of certain counties to further regulate the use or ignition of consumer fireworks.
  • HB 489: Relating to local government, so as to provide that the Georgia Procurement Registry shall be used in addition to the official legal organ and other media outlets for advertisement of certain bid opportunities for goods and services and public works construction contracts by a county, municipal corporation, or local board of education; to provide that advertisement via the Georgia Procurement Registry shall be at no cost to local government entities; to require advertisement of certain bid opportunities by local government entities via the Georgia Procurement Registry.
  • HB 809: Relating to marking and equipment of law enforcement vehicles and motorist allowed to continue to safe location before stopping for law enforcement officer vehicles, so as to provide that a motor vehicle used by any employee of the Georgia State Patrol for the enforcement of traffic laws may be a solid color.
  • HB 695: Relating to special license plates promoting and supporting certain beneficial projects, agencies, funds, or nonprofit corporations, so as to establish a specialty license plate honoring Georgia's working forests and the Georgia Forestry Foundation.
  • HB 64: Relating to general insurance provisions, so as to provide for the compensation of health insurance agents in certain situations; to provide for definitions; to provide for exceptions; to provide a short title; to provide for applicability.
  • HB 871: Relating to sales and use taxes, so as to create an exemption from state sales and use tax for 50 percent of the sales price of manufactured homes to be converted into real property in this state; to require proof of a qualifying purchase; to provide for recapture for unproven exemptions; to provide for applicability.
  • HB 867: Relating to employment and training of peace officers, so as to revise the quorum for transaction of business by the Georgia Peace Officer Standards and Training Council; to clarify that certain investigators employed by the council may retain their weapon and badge upon retirement; to repeal the requirement that peace officers who do not perform satisfactorily on the job related academy entrance examination be ineligible to retake the examination for a period of 30 days; to repeal requirements for the training and certification of police chaplains.
  • HB 374: Relating to ad valorem taxation of property, so as to allow for electronic filing of returns in certain cases; to provide for certain changes in proceedings before the county board of equalization.
  • HB 853: Relating to the short title and purpose of the "Quality Basic Education Act," so as to provide that children placed in psychiatric residential treatment facilities pursuant to a physician's order may not be charged tuition; to provide for eligibility for enrollment.
  • HB 729: Relating to general provisions regarding ad valorem taxation of property, so as to repeal certain provisions relating to state ad valorem tax.
  • HB 951: Relating to education, so as to establish the Center for Rural Prosperity and Innovation; to provide for a director; to provide for the incorporation of the Centers of Innovation Agribusiness administered by the Department of Economic Development; to provide for the incorporation and structure of a new Georgia Rural Development Council; to provide for members and duties; to provide for conditions related to appropriations; to provide for legislative findings; to amend Article 6 of Chapter 8 of Title 50 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, relating to the Office of Rural Development and State Advisory Committee on Rural Development, so as to repeal the Georgia Rural Development Council.
  • HB 909: Relating to the Department of Public Health, so as to provide for the designation of perinatal facilities; to provide for legislative findings; to provide for definitions; to provide for criteria for levels of care; to provide for applications from perinatal facilities; to require the department to post a list of designated facilities; to provide for a self-assessment tool; to provide for statutory construction; to limit advertisement as a designated facility unless approved by the state; to provide for rules and regulations.

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