“A driver’s license, birth certificate, naturalization papers or passport will meet the requirements for the proof of U.S. citizenship of Senate Bill 86,” Laurie Fulton, election supervisor, said Friday.
She said the Georgia secretary of state will make programming changes in the voter database to hide the names of voters who are under protective court order or are residents of a family violence shelter, as required by House Bill 227.
Fulton said the county will be changing its election result reporting forms so that they show absentee returns by precinct, as now required by House Bill 86,
“In the past, all absentee votes have been lumped into one category,” she said. “Citizens and candidates will now get a truer picture of how each precinct voted.”
Other state laws which will become effective next Wednesday include:
• Senate Bill (SB) 82, requires people selling certain types of scrap metal to provide certain information, as a means of deterring theft;
• House Bill (HB) 189, requires private child support collectors to register with the secretary of state and limits certain practices of these private collectors;
• SB 89, allows consumption of food and beverages at rapid rail and intermodal bus stations under certain circumstances;
• HB 160, the “Super Speeder Law,” will levy an additional $200 fine on interstate highway speeders who drive over 85 mph and on two-lane drivers over 75 mph, and add an additional $300 for license reinstatement for drivers who lose their licenses; (reinstatement fees, effective July 1; super speeder fees, effective Jan. 1, 2010);
• SB 151, allows courts and State Board of Pardons and Paroles to have more input from crime victims, including written statements and pre-recorded audio and video statements;
• HB 388, allows adoption of human embryos and provides that a child born from a relinquished embryo shall be the legal child of the recipient;
• SB 14, prohibits any person on the National Sex Offender Registry or the state sexual offender registry from serving on local boards of education;
• HB 149, the “Move on When Ready Act,” allows high school juniors and seniors to enroll in college courses and received both high school and college credits;
• HB 243, provides salary increases for teachers who hold certification from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards;
• HB 280, provides additional pay for teachers certified by the Professional Standards Commission in math or science or both;
• HB 229, requires school systems to conduct an annual physical fitness assessment for students, grades 1-12, with individual results sent to parents and the aggregate results reported to the local board;
• HB 555, amends the Charter Schools Act of 1998 to allow operation of charter schools approved by the Georgia Charter Schools Commission;
• SB 114, eases the requirements for students who are military dependents to transfer into a local school system and waives certain prerequisites;
• HB 484, provides that dependent children of military personnel stationed in Georgia on active duty meet the residency requirements for HOPE scholarships and grants;
• SB 201, provides for voluntary contributions through individual tax returns for cancer research;
• SB 196, clarifies that a person driving without a license shall not be guilty of such offense if he/she can produce a valid Georgia driver’s license in court and provides for license suspension for a person convicted to causing serious injury to another due to right-of-way violation, resulting in a collision with a motorcyclist, pedestrian, bicyclist or farm vehicles, machinery or livestock;
• SB 64, establishes an HIV testing program for state inmates before release from prison;
• and SB 27, designates April as “Confederate History and Heritage Month” in Georgia and designates the Ralph Mark Gilbert Civil Rights Museum as an official Georgia civil rights museum.