COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - From the WTVM News Leader 9 web desk, here are the top three stories you need to know for Tuesday, June 30:
- House Bill 110 takes effect July 1 which means fireworks can be purchased and used across the state of Georgia. If you wanted to see fireworks this is where you had to come and while these will still be impressive you can also have your own bit of fun with fireworks in Georgia starting tomorrow. You have to be at least 18 years old with a valid ID. So what can you have? Hand-sparklers and fountains have been legal but you can add to that sky and bottle rockets, roman candles, fire crackers, missile type rockets, helicopter and aerial spinners, multi-aerial mine and shell devices, aerial shell kits, and reloadable fireworks. You can light up the sky with fireworks between 10 a.m. and midnight and July 3 and July 4, they can be used between 10 a.m. and 2 a.m. It's against the law to use fireworks within a school safety zone, at a school function or on a school bus. They can't be used within 100 yards of a nuclear power facility or gas station.
- Georgia's new gas tax goes into effect July 1. The goal of the new flat tax is to raise $1 billion for transportation improvements in the state. Georgia drivers could see a seven cent spike in gas prices when the new law goes into effect.
- The man convicted of murdering local businessman Steve Toms is sentenced to life behind bars without parole. But it wasn't Michael Johnson's sentence that stirred the courtroom, it was his comment to the family of the victim. Find out more by checking out Emilie Arroyo's story here.