AUSTIN — whether it’s how old you have to be to buy a cigarette or taking a craft brew home with you, there are some new laws sure to affect Texans’ day-to-day lives that go on the books Sunday 1st of September 2019. During the most recent legislative session — which spanned January through May, lawmakers passed hundreds of new laws. Some of those laws have already gone into effect, such as one that prohibits red light cameras and initiatives that increase school safety measures. But many will become active at the start of September. The Texas Legislature passed a slew of laws this year that will ease restrictions on guns, including allowing firearms in public places like schools and churches, on rented and leased property and during disasters. The laws take effect hours after at least 7 people were killed in a mass shooting in Midland/Odessa in West Texas and weeks after nearly two dozen were killed in a mass shooting in El Paso.
Here are some new laws that should be on your radar Sunday 1st of September 2019:
Neighborhoods and cities will no longer be allowed to enact regulations that block or regulate children trying to sell non-alcoholic drinks like lemonade on private property. Support for this new law grew after police in the East Texas town of Overton reportedly shut down a lemonade stand by two young siblings who were trying to earn money to buy a Father’s Day present. This law should not even be in the books.
High fines and possible jail time for sending sexually explicit images or videos:
Sending unwanted nude photographs will become a Class C misdemeanor. Someone who sends sexually explicit images or videos without the consent of the recipient could face a maximum $500 fine. They don’t always have to be nude but can be subject to the authority perception of sexually explicit. This could be fully clothed people who have noticeable figures male or females. “Many people, especially women, get unwanted sexually explicit pictures either by text or by social media,” Greg Abbott said in a video shared on Twitter. “It’s disgusting, and now it’s illegal.” This could be applied to any situation and be a charge added towards anyone that may be under investigation for any reason be it legal or illegal.
Starting September 1, you’ll be able to leave brewery taprooms with a case of your favorite craft beer. It will allow breweries to sell beer to be consumed off-campus, just like wineries and brewpubs do. Given the 4th item will affect young people, this is likely to be the replacement for young people if they cannot get to a habit they can no longer have access to.
The smoking age goes up:
People younger than 21 cannot purchase tobacco, cigarettes or e-cigarettes. There is an exception for military members and those born on or before Aug. 31, 2001. People under the age limit who try to buy tobacco products could face a Class C misdemeanor charge and be fined up to $500. There also are signage requirements for businesses selling such products. After many young people have been smoking or vape routinely, this very well become another direct connection to funneling young people into the penal system.
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De-funding abortion providers:
This measure, will prohibit state and local governments from partnering with agencies that perform abortions, even if they contract for services not related to the procedure.
The “Born Alive Act”:
This law requires doctors to treat a baby born alive in the rare instance of a failed abortion attempt. This could contribute strongly to more children put into the foster care system along with number 5.
Photograph your license, then go fish:
Ever forget your hunting or fishing license on your afternoon excursion? It might be good to snap a photo on your phone. Beginning Sunday, a photograph of the document can be used to verify having a valid hunting or fishing license. An image of the information from the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department website also may be used. This could contribute to more digital or online fraud.
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