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Dozens of new laws coming to Georgia July 1 include bigger fireworks, craft beer tours


ATLANTA — July 1 brings the start of a new year for state government, and dozens of laws that go into effect for the first time.

Lawmakers can specify a bill goes into effect when signed by a governor, at the start of a new year or a mix.

Some of the changes include craft brewers' first chance to charge for tours and provide certain amounts of beer as "souvenir" items. Larger fireworks will be legal for the first time in Georgia, both to sell and use.

On the roads, Georgia's electric vehicle supporters remain unhappy with the end of a generous tax credit and creation of a new registration fee. Local governments are handing over taxi regulation to the state as part of a law aimed at ride-hailing services like Uber.

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