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Six hundred and sixty-six new laws in Texas will take effect this Wednesday. Meanwhile debate, pass and signature 87th Texas Legislature, These laws include changes in public safety, health care and K-12 education.
Not every bill signed into law during the regular session will come into force on September 1st. Some bills came into force as soon as they were signed. For example Senate Bill 968, Which was banned “Las Passport” In Texas, the law was passed when the government. Greg Abbott Signed it in June. Other bills, Like one Of Improves reputable domain negotiations between landowners and companies, Will become law on January 1, 2022.
The legislature is currently in it Second special session, Which Abbott called primarily to move on GOP-backed voting ban bill. Legal experts are discussing other topics, including Changes to the bail system And restrictions on transgender Texans from competing in school sports teams. At least one more special session will be called Fall to Address Redistribution.
But in the meantime, here’s a list of new laws you know about:
Texas Budget 2022-2023: SB1 Provides Almost $ 250 billion For Texas, significant funding is going to public higher education. Abbott Line-item vetoed Part of the budget that funds the Texas Legislature and those who are employees – but legislators can restore funds in the second special session this summer.
Unlicensed transport: House Bill 1927 Allows Texans 21 and older Carrying a handgun without training or license Unless they are legally barred from doing so.
Abortion prevention: SB8 Prevents abortion Early six weeks In pregnancy. In exchange for government enforcement, private individuals can sue abortionists or find out what determines a fetal heartbeat after abortion after an ultrasound. At this stage of development, the fetus does not have a heart. Medical and legal experts say the sound that Republican lawmakers are referring to is the movement of electrical pulses that stimulate muscle cells in the tube that will eventually become part of the heart. Abortion providers are suing To prevent the law. In addition, HB 1280 Will Illegal abortion Wade v. Rowe 30 days after any possible decision by the U.S. Supreme Court.
Medical Marijuana Expansion: People with any type of cancer or post-traumatic stress disorder There is now access to low-THC marijuana for medical purposes. HB 1535 Texas is an extension of the Compassionate Use program, which allows people with conditions such as epilepsy and autism to access medical marijuana.
Reducing SNAP Barriers: SB224 Facilitates access to supplementary nutrition assistance programs for seniors and people with disabilities on a fixed income. Eligible individuals can skip enrollment interviews and shorten the application process.
Funding for the “1836 Project”: HB2497 Establishes “1836 Project” Committee To create patriotic Texas history material, which will be distributed through the channel as when people get driver’s licenses. Enterprise Name “1619 project, ”New York Times publication examining American history since the arrival of slaves.
Social curriculum changes: HB 3979 Restricts teachers from discussing current events and systematic racism in the classroom. Of Bill The class also prevents students from taking credit Participate in civic participation And a ban on teaching the “1619 Project.”
“Star Spangled Banner Protection Act”: There are professional sports teams with state funding The national anthem must be played Before the internal game SB4.
Reducing pre-K class size: Pre-Kindergarten classes are now limited to 22 students – the same maximum class size as other elementary school grades – SB 2081.
New State Employees Retirement Accounts: SB321 A. of the new state workers appointed after 1 September 2022 Cash balance plan, Which accrues a percentage of workers ’annual compensation to retirement accounts and is similar to a 401 (k) retirement account. Currently, employees have defined employment status and previous salary-based retirement accounts.
Protection of companies from liability for car accidents: HB 19 Is required Drivers of commercial vehicles – including Ubers, lifts and delivery trucks – should be held accountable in court if they are injured or killed in a car accident before a lawsuit is filed against their owner.
Active Shooter Information System: HB 103 Texas Active Shooter builds an alert system, which will notify Texans via their phone in the vicinity of an active shooting scene. This system can be activated upon request by local law enforcement.
Police body cameras: HB 929 Police officers are needed Keep body cameras During the whole of the active investigation. The law is named Botham Jean, Who was shot in his apartment in 2018 by a Dallas police officer while eating ice cream.
Banning unnecessary police chokeholds: Police officers are now prohibited from using chokeholds or excessive force during arrests unless necessary to prevent injury to officers or attendees. SB69. Officers who have witnessed violations must report the incident.
Online Ballot Tracking System: HB1382 Creates an online tracking system for mail-in ballots and applications for mail-in ballots. The system will be operated by the Texas Secretary of State.
Punish cities for reducing police budgets: If municipalities with a population of more than 250,000 cut their police budgets, HB 1900 Allows the state Economic education Cities by reducing sales tax revenue and preventing an increase in property taxes.
Serious punishment for obstruction of emergency vehicles: HB 9 The state will block access to hospitals or emergency vehicles with lights and sirens for prison crimes. The bill was passed in response to those arrested for blocking an ambulance during a Black Live Matter protest last summer.
Criminalization of Homeless Camping: HB 1925 Camping in invalid public places a Misconduct Which carries a fine of up to 500. Cities cannot get out of captivity.
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