Laws on guns, Medicaid expansion and passing lanes start today - CBS46 News

Laws on guns, Medicaid expansion and passing lanes start today

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ATLANTA (AP) -

A host of bills took effect in Georgia Tuesday.

During the most recent legislative session, lawmakers proposed 615 pieces of legislation. Of those, 305 bills passed with Gov. Nathan Deal signing the vast majority of them into law.

Some became law upon the governor's signature, while a large number took effect on July 1, the start of the state's fiscal year.

Safe Carry Protection Act

Of those that took effect Tuesday is the Georgia Safe Carry Protection Act, which has been criticized as the "guns everywhere" bill. It expands where licensed carriers can take their weapons and includes varying rules affecting bars, churches, schools and government buildings.

Zell Miller Grant and Medicaid

Other bills establish a new Zell Miller Grant for technical college students and limit the governor's ability to expand Medicaid.

"Slow Poke" Law

Additionally, Georgia's "slow poke" law also took effect Tuesday. This law essentially means that if you're on a Georgia highway, you must allow the person behind you to pass if you're in the passing, or left lane.

There are exceptions to this rule, such as during bad weather, traffic congestion, left exit lanes or any other reasonable situation that would prevent you from switching lanes.

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