WABE News
5:56 pm
Wed January 2, 2013

New State Laws Take Hold in 2013

A new year brings some new state laws. Starting in March, the state will phase out the ad velorem tax vehicle owners pay each year. Instead, car buyers will pay a one-time tax that hits a maximum of 7%.

Credit Photo by Denis O'Hayer/WABE News

Now, married couples in Georgia who file their taxes jointly will get a break. The marriage exemption will increase by $2000  this year.

A change to Georgia’s DUI law also took effect. Repeat offenders used to have to wait a year before reapplying for a driving permit. Now, they need to wait 120 days or complete a court-approved treatment program.

They’re also required to install an “ignition interlock” device which checks to see if a driver has had any alcohol before starting the car.

And, a new law allows conversations between victims of domestic violence and their advocates to remain confidential. It also eliminates a former law that let married victims of domestic violence avoid testifying in criminal cases against their spouse.