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Long list of new laws in Tennessee, Georgia

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(WRCB) - A long list of new laws are in effect for the state of Tennessee. With July first came a variety of new laws now in the books.

When you are checking out in the grocery line, a little less will come out of your pocket. The state grocery tax has dropped from 5.5 percent to 5 and a quarter. "With groceries going up anyway, I mean, any type of deduction will help out, I feel. So I think that's a good thing," says Rowen Douglas.

Lawmakers are out to stop gang activity, increasing penalties for violent crimes committed by three or more people.

"We will vigorously prosecute these cases and provide for a substantial number of years in prison," says U.S. Attorney Bill Killian.

"The kids need to stay out of it, man. The gangs, they're not good, you know? The streets, it's not worth it man," says Darwin Hill.

Drinking and driving is illegal. But if you do it with a child in the car, you will face more penalties. "Well, I don't think you should drink and drive to begin with, especially with a child in the car with you," says Karen Wilson.

Lawmakers have now made it a felony to sell the synthetic drug, 'bath salts.'

Lawmakers are also telling students to pull their pants up. The new 'saggy pants' law prohibits students from wearing saggy pants or other indecent clothing to school.

"I feel like, especially with the saggy pants, not only is it a safety issue, because if they're trying to hold them up and they're running or they're walking and they trip and fall, but also you get a different kind of report from the child," says Dottie Maruca.

When it comes to tattoos, expect increased penalties if you are caught tattooing a minor.

"I have one child that will be 25 this month and even though I've got tattoos, I would not sign for him when it was legal. I said 'When you turn 18, it's your body, you can do what you want to do. but until then, no.' Because they don't wash off," says Jeannie Henner.

There are also several new laws in Georgia.

Georgians seeking food stamps will also have to pass a drug test.

Georgia businesses with more than one hundred employees must start using the E-verify program. It helps ensure all of their employees are eligible to work in the U.S. Larger companies were required to use the program January first.

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