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July 1, 2013 is the day many new laws take effect in Georgia, 116 to be exact.

The 116 laws taking effect run the gamut from new limits on worker's compensation benefits to it's now a crime to assume another person's identity for the sake of medical treatment.

Here are some of the laws on the books as of now:

~Beer lovers can now brew twice as much at home each year, and for the first time can transport it to competitions.

~Juveniles who get into trouble without committing violent acts will now be supervised at home rather than being shipped off to a state facility to spend time behind bars.

~One law aimed at helping military veterans alters state licensing rules for certain occupations like plumbers and electricians so that soldiers who qualified for the jobs in the military will automatically qualify as civilians.

~Eligibility for a hope grant at technical colleges is lowered from a 3.0 grade point average to 2.0.

~More businesses and government contractors are required to verify their employees' citizenship.

Many new laws took effect when the governor signed them in the spring. Others will become law in January, like a cap on what politicians can accept from lobbyists. A few, like revised teacher evaluations, won't become operational until July 1, 2014.         

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