Happy July 4th and New Laws Going Into Effect


Happy 4th of July!

I wish you and your loved ones a Happy 4th of July! May we take time this week to reflect on our founding ideals: that all of us are created equal, and that each of us is endowed with life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

New Laws Went Into Effect on July 1st

July 1st is the start of our state's fiscal year, and it is also the date when a number of new laws take effect. The AJC published a summary that you can read here .

You will recognize that one of the new laws that is highlighted is something that I worked on for over a year—the measure to allow victims of domestic violence to break their leases without early termination penalties. The law, which was modeled on legislation passed in a majority of other states, ultimately passed under a different bill number, and I was happy to support this measure becoming law.

One of the most discussed new laws is the hands-free law for driving. You can no longer hold your phone while driving. You can read about the new law here.

Sexual Assault Kit Testing Identifies Serial Rapists

The state continues to make progress on testing the backlog of sexual assault kits. Last week, District Attorney Paul Howard indicted two serial rapists who were identified by sexual assault kit testing. Here is a story about one of those cases.

From the story:
I expected we would find serial rapists and I think there are likely others that will be identified," said Rep. Scott Holcomb, D-Atlanta, a sponsor of the legislation.

"The victims are finally getting the justice that they deserved a decade ago and this shows that the testing of the backlog was absolutely necessary and that it's making a difference."

Early Voting for the Runoff

Early voting for the July 24th runoff election is underway.

In DeKalb, you can vote early at the DeKalb County Voter Registration & Elections Office on Memorial Drive. Click here for details. If you prefer to vote via absentee ballot (which has a paper record), then you can click here for information on how to request it.

In Gwinnett, the only location is the Gwinnett Elections Office. Click here for details. If you prefer to vote via absentee ballot (which has a paper record), then you can click here for information on how to request it.



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