Hundreds Of New Laws Take Effect Sunday In Texas

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August 26, 2019 - 5:06 pm
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On September 1st of every odd-numbered year in Texas, hundreds of new laws passed in the preceding legislative session take effect.

This year is no different.

Here are some of the more notable new laws that will take effect on Sunday - September 1, 2019:

HB 2502 requires anyone convicted of leaving the scene of a fatal crash to spend at least 120 days in confinement if a judge grants community supervision.

Senate Bill 944, the amendment to the Texas Open Records act, says the text messages on any public official's phone or iPad are deemed public records and have to be stored for 2-years. 

Currently, those who steal packages off porches are charged with misdemeanors. After the calendar flips to September on Sunday, those become felonies (HB 37).

If your child wants to set up a lemonade stand in your driveway, you no longer have to worry about authorities shutting it down due to a lack of permit; because as of September 1st, one will not be necessary (HB 234).

When visiting your favorite craft brewery, you can take some of their finest creations home with you starting Sunday (HB 1545). This is hardly innovative; Texas becomes the 50th and final state to allow it. And if you'd like to get some of that beer delivered to you, that will also become legal as of Sunday (SB 1232).

If you wish to purchase tobacco or e-cigarettes, you will need to be 21 in order to do so as of Sunday (SB 21). Those serving in the military can still be as young as 18 to purchase tobacco or e-cigarettes. Under a grandfather clause, those legally able to purchase tobacco or e-cigarettes as of August 31st may continue to do so, even if they have not reached the age of 21 yet.

Protecting yourself with brass knuckles becomes legal as of September 1st (HB 446).

Telemarketers, beware: As of Sunday, it will be illegal to spoof your phone number displayed on the receiver's caller ID (HB 1992).

Starting Sunday, you'll be able to bring your dog with you to a restaurant's outdoor patio (SB 476).

If you would like to buy over-the-counter cough medicine, you will need to be 18 in order to do so as of Sunday (HB 1518). Texas becomes the 19th state to enact such a law.

Starting Sunday, cities will not be able to take adverse actions against companies over their religious beliefs (SB 1978, commonly known as the "Save Chick-Fil-A Bill").

HB 2174 is a new law set to take effect Sunday and is designed to help Texas deal with the growing opioid addiction problem. 

Also in the last legislative session, Governor Abbott signed ten bills into law making gun laws more lenient in the state. All were signed prior to the mass shooting in El Paso. The new laws include:

Landlords can no longer ban tenants from storing guns inside their units (HB 302).

Guns may be stored in vehicles in school parking lots, as long as they're out of plain view (HB 1143).

There will be no limit to the number of school marshals any campus can have (HB 1387).

Starting Sunday, guns may be brought inside places of worship (SB 535).

HOAs may not prohibit possessing or storing firearms (SB 741).

A Dallas woman inspired Governor Abbott to sign a new law ending the rape kit backlog (HB 8).