500 Laws to Go Into Effect in Georgia

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

ATLANTA (AP) -- Out-of-work Georgians will soon see their benefits slashed nearly in half and those seeking food stamps will have to pass a drug test under news laws taking effect July 1.

Gov. Nathan Deal signed more than 500 bills into law after the legislative session ended this spring. Many of those laws, as well as Georgia's 2013 budget, take effect at the start of the state's fiscal year.

Other new laws include the beginning of sweeping changes to Georgia's criminal justice system, a rule that revokes bonuses for teachers caught cheat on standardized tests, a bill eliminating the $1 charge for the optional "In God We Trust" license plate decals and legislation that will increase the number of barrels a brewpub could produce from 5,000 to 10,000.

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  • by I. Arlyin Location: Florida on Jun 30, 2012 at 02:03 PM
    Thats great that the person who seeks to live off the state needs to prove that they are not on any drugs.They need to prove that the food stamps they recieve will be used for food and not be sold to someone eles for 50 cent on the dollar for drugs.It's about time Georgians stand up and take charge of whats going on in their State.
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