New Fiscal Year = New Laws

Discussion in 'Politics' started by Principessa, Jun 29, 2009.

  1. Principessa

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    Nov 22, 2006
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    As I'm sure many of you are aware. Wednesday, July 1, 2009 is the start of a new fiscal year and with it many new laws. Some are good, some bad, some should have been common sense and not required a law. :rolleyes: :cool:

    Alabama: Makes more women diagnosed with breast or cervical cancer eligible for treatment through Medicaid.
    California: Bars schools from serving food containing transfats.
    Florida: Relaxes schools' zero-tolerance policies by preventing children from being arrested or expelled for insignificant misbehavior such as bringing plastic butter knives to school, drawing pictures of guns or vandalizing property.
    Kansas: Allows women seeking abortions to see ultrasound images or hear their fetus' heartbeat at least 30 minutes before the procedure.
    Mississippi: Requires the state to pay $50,000 a year, up to $500,000, to people wrongfully convicted of crimes. The compensation must be sought within three years after the person is pardoned or the conviction is overturned.
    Nevada: Reduces the liability of restaurants, hotel-casinos and other businesses that donate perishable foods such as bread, hot or cold dishes and leftover buffet items.
    New Mexico: Abolishes the death penalty and replaces it with life in prison without parole.
    Ohio: Allows the state to consider tolls to pay for major new highway construction projects.
    Vermont: Permits prosecutors to send teenage cell phone ;sexting; cases to juvenile courts to eliminate the stigma of child pornography convictions.
    Wyoming: Specifies that the right to mine or drill for resources has legal precedence over the right to store carbon gas underground. Second law specifies that whoever injects carbon gas underground remains legally responsible for it forever.

    Here's a look at some of the new laws set to take effect in Georgia on July 1, the start of the 2009 fiscal year:
    ALCOHOL: Several alcohol-related measures will become law. One allows restaurant patrons to take home unfinished bottles of wine they order with their meal. Another permits Georgians to go online and purchase up to 12 cases of wine a year directly from wineries. A third clears the way for limousine drivers to sell cocktails to their customers.
    CRIME: Sex offenders face new limits on where they could live, work and volunteer. The law is already facing a legal challenge.
    Drivers who commit a fourth drunk driving offense in a 10-year period will be guilty of a felony.
    People convicted of driving without a license four or more times within five years will be guilty of a felony.
    The Georgia Bureau of Investigation will be allowed to compare DNA collected in its investigations to the databases in other states at an earlier point in the legal process.
    HEALTH: Parents of a stillborn child may obtain birth and death certificates.
    SCHOOLS: Charter school applicants will be able to apply to a new state panel if they are denied by local officials.
    Employees at charter schools will be eligible for the state health benefit plan.
    The state Department of Education must draw up a model program to educate students on Internet safety.
  2. cruztbone

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    May 22, 2004
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    Capitola CA USA
    California is FIRST in the nation to mandate that all restaurant/food service chains with 20 or more outlets in our state MUST post the caloric ,
    fat and sugar contents of all items served.
    As a teacher, i am particulary proud of this.
    We are a dangerously OBESE nation, and yes, we DO need a nanny state, at least for our kids, because too many parents are not doing their job.
    You cant show love by feeding you or your kids junk food. But you do show love by teaching your family members, spouses and others included, how to care for themselves by using common sense and good nutrition.:biggrin1::biggrin1::biggrin1:
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