New Georgia Laws as of July 1, 2015

It’s that time again and there were some enormous changes to the law today.  I’ve highlighted the ones that affect my practice areas the most.  Probably the biggest change I’ve seen since Criminal Court this morning was number one.  Criminal offenses that would have resulted in automatic license suspensions yesterday do not result in suspensions today (thank God).

CRIMINAL LAW CHANGES

# 1. The State cannot automatically revoke your license for most non-driving offenses (like possession of weed).

#2. It will be more difficult for police departments that rely upon speed traps as revenue sources to win (finally – an attempt to strip tax collectors of their guns).

# 3. Child abuse will now have a registry like sex offenders; however, only the government will have access to it.

# 4. Small buses and vans that seat 15 or less must have seat belts.

BUSINESS LAW CHANGES

# 5. BOOM!  Fireworks are legal.  I’m sure Tennessee is pissed.

# 6. Private solar companies can own your rooftop panels and pay you with electricity while selling the remainder to electric companies (there’s a bright idea).

#7. Bouncers gotta be 21 or older.  Seems logical and didn’t know it was a problem.

#8. Microbreweries rejoice!  You can now give tours, provide free samples and liquid souvenirs.

There are nearly 290 more, but these are ones I feel most compelled to advertise.  These are, in all, good changes I think.

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