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New Year brings in new laws

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The New Year means new state laws go into effect. One law impacts how Georgia children will be educated, and another could put some extra money in married couple's pockets.

Last November, charter school supporters celebrated the passage of a new constitutional amendment. That amendment goes into effect on Tuesday. It calls on the governor and lawmakers to establish an independent committee to oversee state sponsored charter schools.

Charter schools are independent publicly funded schools that have freedom from some rules. Supporters say they help children stuck in what they call failing traditional schools.

"I have the right to see the best for my child," said one supporter.

Opponents countered the amendment will draw much needed money away from traditional schools.

A partial overhaul of the state's tax system also goes into effect. Employers will have to pay more into unemployment benefits. Other changes will mean more money for married couples, and some manufacturing and agricultural businesses.

Another law that banned abortions 20 weeks after fertilization has been put on hold by a Fulton County judge while it is determined if the law is constitutional.

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