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      New law hides criminal history

      Dougherty County Court House on Pine Avenue. / Jessica Fairley

      Some new state laws went into effect Monday and now people who have minor charges on their record may be able to have them restricted.

      A new records restriction law allows more criminal details to be hidden to employers and other citizens. Law enforcement officials will still have access to all criminal records.

      To take advantage of the law, people must apply and see if they qualify to have their record expunged.

      Changes to the elder abuse law also went into effect Monday.

      Prosecutors can now use video recordings of those who've been abused as proof.

      "It always was problem because an older victim may be in the hospital or otherwise unavailable but now you have the authority to get the information you need by video," said Greg Edwards, Dougherty County District Attorney.

      Officials also have more authority to investigate and prosecute pill mills.

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