More than 100 new laws taking effect in Georgia
by The Associated Press
July 02, 2013 12:26 AM | 2733 views | 2 2 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend | print
ATLANTA — More than 100 new Georgia laws went into effect Monday.

As the new fiscal year began, so did a crackdown on repeat DUI offenders. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that repeat offenders will be ordered to use ignition interlock devices for 12 months instead of eight, which was required under laws that are now outdated.

The devices require drivers who have been repeatedly arrested for driving under the influence to give breath samples in order to start their vehicles.

New regulations on the state’s HOPE grants have also gone into effect allowing technical college students with a minimum 2.0 grade point average to qualify for grant funding. Thousands of students were barred from applying for the grants when the minimum GPA requirement was raised to 3.0.

Other laws legalized transporting home-brewed beer to home-brewing competitions, and upped the amount of beer that people can brew at home from 50 to 100 gallons annually.

The Legislature also authorized the transferring of the state archives to from the Secretary of State to the Georgia Board of Regents. Funding cuts to the Secretary of State’s office led to speculation of limited public access to the archives. State officials have said funding for the archives has been increased by $300,000, which is expected to translate to increased staffing and more public access.

A state law has also gone into effect banning certain people from charging a fee to remove people’s arrest photos from the Internet. Another law has allowed judges to impose sentences below mandatory minimums for certain offenders in drug and violent crime cases.

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true safety
July 02, 2013
Would true safety from drunk drivers be achievable if ALL cars had ignition interlock devices? Most DUIs are NOT repeats, so any DUI could be anyone at all who drink alchohol, even if you do it at home. Supposing you had your two beers and then need unexpectedly to go to the emergency vet's? EVERYONE needs an ignition interlock in their car! It is the ONLY way to keep us safe from the real terrorists, those of us who get behind the wheel in a poor condition and/or with poor attention.
Lowering the bar
July 02, 2013
If you want to get a scholarship, work for it. Once again giving handouts to those who work the least amount. While kids are working themselves hard to make that 3.0, we reward those who do nothing and make a 2.0? Do you know how little is required to make a 2.0? Ridiculous!
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