Educator raises, medical marijuana & more: New Georgia laws now in effect

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Monday marks the first day of July - and with it, several new laws have gone into effect in Georgia.

Take a look at the full list of laws signed by Governor Kemp earlier.

One new law protects renters from eviction when they complain about unhealthy conditions. Landlords who wrongfully try to evict tenants would have to pay them one month’s rent, plus $500 and legal costs.

Georgia also increased the minimum age for people to get married - from 16 to 17. Several other states still allow 16-year-olds to get married without their parents' permission.

Some Georgia patients will now be allowed to legally buy the marijuana they are already allowed to possess, thanks to a medical marijuana bill Gov. Kemp signed in April. The legislation allows the in-state production and sale of the marijuana oil and closes a loophole in a 2015 law that banned growing, buying and selling the drug but allowed certain patients to possess it.

Teachers in Georgia will see a little bit more in their paycheck in fiscal year 2020; Gov. Kemp signed a law that gives them a $3,000 raise.

High schools will be able to offers courses on Hebrew scriptures and the Old and New Testaments of the Bible. Additionally, under the law the Realizing Educational Achievement Can Happen (REACH) Scholarship Program will allow students who meet certain requirements to qualify for the scholarship.

You can find a full list of bills that Governor Kemp has signed into law on the state website here.

Several new laws have also gone into effect in Tennessee Monday, including the state's new 'Hands Free' law.

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