From health reform to grapes, here are Georgia laws that will go into effect Jan 1.

From health reform to grapes, here are Georgia laws that will go into effect Jan 1.
A number of new laws went into effect Friday. (Source: WALB)

ATLANTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) - A new year brings some new laws for the Peach State.

Starting Jan. 1, here are a few laws signed by Gov. Brian Kemp during the 2019-20 legislative period, that will go into effect.

HB 838

The bill, commonly known as the “Police Hate Crimes Bill,” states that anyone found to “intimidate, harass or terrorize” a police officer, because they are a police officer, would be guilty of a bias-motivated crime.

HB 888

This act, called the “Surprise Billing Consumer Protection Act,” provides certain consumer protections against surprise billing.

HB 914

This act would allow military spouses licensed in other states to practice certain professions and occupations and obtain a license to practice in this state.

HB 1125

Also called “Lacee’s Law,” the act would provide coverage under the state health benefits plan for additional screening to individuals at high risk of breast cancer.

SB 288

This act provides for the expansion of the ability for certain individuals to request record restrictions for certain misdemeanors and conditional discharges.

SB 341

This act would allow for the re-employment, training, and compensation of retired peace officers and correctional officers during disasters and emergencies.

SB 358

This act designates the muscadine grape as the official state grape.

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