As of July 1, 2016, a batch of new laws went into effect in the state of Georgia. The different laws cover a large area of issues and affect many including the police, courts, schools, and even people’s health. Below is a short list of some of the changes in the law.
Cancer Treatment Access Act
Inspired by former President Jimmy Carter as a result of his recent battle against cancer, this bill gives the general public access to the same drugs that helped save the former president’s life. Insurance companies can no longer limit coverage for advanced drugs for Stage 4 cancer patients. Before this law, patients were forced to try other treatments before being allowed to use this more aggressive treatment.
Georgia Rights to Try Act
This act Allows terminally ill patients use experimental drugs, which must be undergoing at least clinical trials even if they do not have full approval from the FDA.
Grand Jury Proceedings
In response to nationwide criticism and increasing scrutiny of officers’ use of force with the public, police officers facing possible charges for using deadly force can no longer be present for the entire grand jury proceeding and will face questioning once they make a statement.
Electroshock Weapons on College Campuses
College students aged 18 and above are allowed to carry tasers and stun guns on campus as an alternative for students to protect themselves on campus without allowing deadly weapons.
Named after an 18-year-old who died after he was assaulted by a 20-year-old bouncer shortly after starting college, this law requires anyone who wishes to enter any bar in Georgia to be at least 21 years of age. An exception to this law is if an under 21 person entering a bar is accompanied by a parent, guardian or spouse.
Revision of State-Mandated Tests
This law reduces the number of state-mandated tests allowed in Georgia and lessens how these test results influence teacher evaluations from 50% to 30%.
Know Your Rights
The law is constantly evolving, as can be seen by all the changes that took place in Georgia as of July 1, 2016. If you have any questions about how these new laws affect you, contact a knowledgeable attorney right away.