Valdosta Daily Times

What We Think

July 1, 2014

Do you know the law of the land?

-- — Ignorance of the law is no excuse, according to the old saying.

As of today, Georgians face a whole new set of laws addressing everything from the state’s new gun laws to Medicaid expansion to increased HOPE scholarship amounts for technical-school students with good grades to hundreds of other laws.

How many of Georgia’s new laws do you know? Is something you legally did this time last week possibly illegal today? Or is there something that made you an outlaw yesterday, but makes you a law-abiding citizen today without having to change any behavior?

It’s every citizen’s responsibility to know the laws of the land. But we admit that task is difficult, if not downright impossible.

Seems each year, there’s a long list of new laws, thickening the Georgia code more and more, making it almost impossible for even the most astute attorney to know every law.

Seems many laws serve more as an opportunity for legislators to make names for themselves rather than answering some pressing need within the state.

Not all new laws or legislation, but it sure seems like a lot of it owes more to politics than public good.

Still, agree with them or not, think them necessary or not, the law is the law. And ignorance of the law will still get you a ticket, a fine, or possibly jail.

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