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Monday, June 27, 2011

New laws take effect on Friday — and yes, hunting with deer bait is one of them

The first day of July means new fiscal years for most governments and new laws on the books. And this year's batch of 65 new measures involve huntin' deer, bucklin'-in children, and dolin' out tax breaks to amusement park developers.

Also on the list: Some law about illegal immigration that we're sure won't generate any controversy and a very complex measure that lets voters decide whether their city or county should allow Sunday retail alcohol sales.Walter Jones provides a succinct rundown of the bills. Visit the Gold Dome's website to read the legislation in full. Here are some laws that caught our attention:

SB 36 - Creates a prescription database to make it easier for doctors, pharmacists and police to detect "pill mills" that over-prescribe pain killers and those people who abuse them.
SB 39 - Channels substance abuse and mental health cases to special courts with judges trained in ways to compel treatment rather than focused on expensive punishment like incarceration. [...]
SB 88 - Raises to age 7 or 4 feet, 9 inches the cutoff point for children to give up their car seat.
SB 185 - Closes any day-care center immediately after the death of a child. [...]
HB 101 - Revises laws dealing with safety equipment on bicycles and traffic rules for them.
HB 147 - Patient Right to Know Act, requires physicians to disclose if they have no malpractice insurance.
HB 200 - Imposes stiff penalties for anyone guilty of human trafficking, or kidnapping across international borders.
HB 203 - Notifies a law-enforcement officer's agency in the event of investigations for unprofessional conduct by the Georgia Peace Officers Standards & Training Council.
HB 214 - Creates the Department of Public Health.
HB 234 - Extends the sales-tax exemption on parts used to repair out-of-state airplanes and grants developers of resorts, hotels and amusement parks a 25-percent subsidy.
HB 277 - Legalizes hunting deer with bait.

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