UPDATE: This post originally stated HB 124 outlaws salvia. The law specifically adds salvia divinorum to its list of controlled substances, but not all types of salvia.
Some Texas laws are changing. Everything passed by Texas lawmakers is in effect as of Sunday, Sept 1 (if it wasn’t already.)
Here are the ones you’ll want to make sure you know about.
Kids don’t need to worry about so-called ‘student tickets’ anymore. When they return to class on Tuesday, school resource officers will no longer be allowed to issue misdemeanor citations to students for acting out. Now, it’ll be up to a judge to decide if a complaint is bad enough to be a misdemeanor.
No more tanning for minors. Until now, those between 16 1/2 and 18 could go to a tanning salon, as long as they had parental consent. No longer. Now, you have to be 18 to tan in Texas.
Drivers will now be required to move over for TXDOT vehicles with flashing lights. That means you either have to get out of the lane that runs alongside the vehicle, or slow down to 20 miles per hour below the posted speed limit. Texas already requires drivers to move over for tow trucks as well as police, fire, and other emergency vehicles.
If you get into a wreck and think the other driver is hurt, you better go find out. personal safety aside, if you don’t stop and render aid, and the person is hurt, you could get up to 10 years in prison.
Hit-and-run fatality crashes will now carry the same penalty as intoxication manslaughter, up to 20 years in prison. Lawmakers noticed that drivers might leave the scene of the crime if they were drunk because it would mean a lesser charge.
No more inmate weddings. You have to be present to get hitched in Texas now. Inmates used to be able to have someone stand in for them if they wanted to get married while incarcerated. They’re called ‘proxy weddings.’ Now, you’re only allowed a proxy wedding if you’re in the military and stationed outside of the US. Weddings cannot be conducted inside Texas prisons.
They say one man’s confiscated shotgun is another man’s treasure.
Wait they dont? Well, they might now.
HB 1421 gives law enforcement the go-ahead to sell confiscated firearms. Used to be they could only use them or destroy them.
You’ll now be able to show proof of insurance with your cell phone.
Every Texas emergency room is required to have a rape kit.
Texas students will have fewer standardized tests: 5 rather than 15.
Salvia is now considered an illegal drug in Texas.