Valdosta Daily Times

July 6, 2013

Do you know the law of the land?

The Valdosta Daily Times

-- — Ignorance of the law is no excuse, according to the old saying. As of Monday, July 1, Georgians faced a whole new set of laws addressing everything from lowering eligibility for the HOPE scholarship at tech schools to increased measures for some businesses in verifying their employees’ citizenship to brewers doubling production of homemade beer. The Times looks at a few of the state’s more than 100 new laws in today’s editions and directs readers how to learn more for themselves.

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 on June 30, 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 unnecessary 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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