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New Texas Laws Now in Effect

New TX Laws1

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.

ORIGINAL POST:

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.

SB 393
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.

SB 329
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.

SB 510
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.

HB 3668
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.

SB 275
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.

HB 869
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.

HB 1421
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.

SB 181
You’ll now be able to show proof of insurance with your cell phone.

SB 1191
Every Texas emergency room is required to have a rape kit.

HB 5
Texas students will have fewer standardized tests: 5 rather than 15.

HB 124
Salvia is now considered an illegal drug in Texas.

 

@DougMagditch

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35 Comments to “New Texas Laws Now in Effect”

    Tatika said:
    August 31, 2013 at 8:53 AM

    Awesome new laws. I agree with every single one of them. Good job TEXAS!!!

      Hal said:
      September 3, 2013 at 11:55 AM

      pull up any morning glory plants you own and discard them! that is what salvia is! and now the pigs can take your weapon and keep them for themselves. Way to go you Texan IDIOTS! This is what happens after 150 years of democrat rule. it'll take 200 years to flush the cancer out!

    Bernie said:
    August 31, 2013 at 12:32 PM

    Good job there Texas on the new laws. But how long before the as#esin DCtell you that you an't d that cause your picking on race people.

    Anonymous said:
    September 1, 2013 at 9:39 AM

    AWESOME JOB, I STRONGLY AGREE WITH EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THOSE LAWS. GREAT WEEKEND!!!!!

    SherBear said:
    September 1, 2013 at 1:06 PM

    What about the one the outlaws gassing shelter animals as a form of euthanization? That went into effect TODAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Debra said:
      September 1, 2013 at 5:40 PM

      Corinne T. Smith Animal Center, the animal shelter in Brownwood, quit doing this years ago. I guess we're a little ahead of the times. At least, in being humane, that is.

    Tom said:
    September 1, 2013 at 4:31 PM

    happy with all the new laws but if you pass a new law they they must be ( ENFORCED) just like no cell phones in a school zone you see school bus drivers police students fire and so on with cell phones in there ears !!!!! while driving

    Debra said:
    September 1, 2013 at 5:39 PM

    Saying 'salvia' is sort of like saying 'tree'. For instance, all of the mint family is some sort of salvia. Has Texas outlawed mint? Don't think so.

      annamous said:
      September 2, 2013 at 9:11 AM

      You appently have not been spit at when knowing/finding out that the person doing the spitting has a “hep c” , “hiv”, “aids” etc. if they bit the inside of their mth just enough to draw blood and spitt that mixed in with their salvia and get it in your eyes or mth bam.. it is a great likely hood that you have just contracted it .. this happens to the people that serve and protect us quite a bit more often then we hear about on the news and such.. sooo Please befor we start making comments referring to how ridiculous/stupid it may sound to u.. we need to do some research because if this wouldve happend to you im sure you would have a completely diff out look.
      GREAT JOB TEXAS <3 EN THE NEW LAWS NOW AS LONG AS WE CAN ACTUALLY ENFORSE THEM!!!

        You'rename said:
        September 2, 2013 at 12:27 PM

        Salvia, NOT saliva……doh!

        SmarterThanU said:
        September 2, 2013 at 1:14 PM

        what a dumb ass , they outlawed SALVIA, not SALIVA.. SALVIA is a plant. do you know how ridiculous YOU sound ?

        anonymous said:
        September 3, 2013 at 3:15 PM

        annamous? Really?

    Dispatcher said:
    September 1, 2013 at 6:56 PM

    The one about ticketing students is wrong. School Resource Officers can still ticket students but only for certain offenses. Basically being rude to teachers ,causing a roucous or fighting are off limits. The school system has decided they can handle it theirself (letting students off with punishment that doesn't follow them). Narcotics, alcohol, weapons are stil lthe same as before

    Hugh Janus said:
    September 1, 2013 at 9:35 PM

    Passing new laws is great; enforcing existing laws is better.

    Jeannette said:
    September 1, 2013 at 10:11 PM

    UUUUMMM What about the one that outlaws gassing shelter animals as a form of euthinization???? THAT SHOULD HAVE BEEN OUTLAWED since STUPID people can't spay and neuter their pets. Or better yet GAS the stupid people

    Glenda Hardet said:
    September 2, 2013 at 7:03 AM

    HB124 Salvia is now a lethal weapon? I don’t understand.

    Glenda Hardet said:
    September 2, 2013 at 7:06 AM

    Oops! Salvia is an illegal drug. Do I have to pull it up? I have flower beds full of different types of salvia. Will garden centers no longer be selling salvia?

      sansvie said:
      September 2, 2013 at 9:35 PM

      It's only a particular form of Salvia that has some interesting properties when injected. Even at that, if the plant is growing in the ground and not "harvested", you can leave it be. Just don't collect anything that drops from the plant to keep.

      From the bill: "Salvia divinorum, unless unharvested and growing in its natural state, meaning all parts of that plant, whether growing or not, the seeds of that plant, an extract from a part of that plant, and every compound, manufacture, salt, derivative, mixture, or preparation of that plant, its seeds, or extracts, including Salvinorin A."

        sansvie said:
        September 2, 2013 at 9:36 PM

        Excuse me, I meant injested not injected!

    Chris said:
    September 2, 2013 at 10:40 AM

    Some of you folks are getting the drug SALVIA mixed up with SALIVA (spit).

    El Bastardo said:
    September 2, 2013 at 12:03 PM

    Great job Texas! You are doing a helluva job passing silly trifling laws at great expense!

    Anonymous said:
    September 2, 2013 at 1:07 PM

    Colorado here i come.

      john said:
      September 3, 2013 at 6:10 AM

      get outta here then, good riddens

        cliff said:
        September 5, 2013 at 6:01 AM

        That's funny it seems to be Lamaar Smith who is holding up the rest of the country with his corporate fascism. I'm not surprised he did this to a benign plant, he also did it to a medical one in the past when Ron Paul and a Democrat brought it forth, before it was even reviewed.

          cliff said:
          September 5, 2013 at 6:02 AM

          But now that I read this bill it doesn't seem that bad.

    Jishosan said:
    September 2, 2013 at 1:09 PM

    Since the post is not clear, I'll note that the Salvia in question is SPECIFICALLY Salvia Divinorum (also known as "diviner's sage").

    Relating to the addition of Salvia divinorum and its derivatives and extracts to Penalty Group 3 of the Texas Controlled Substances Act.

    Kelly said:
    September 2, 2013 at 2:21 PM

    There are many different species of Salvia that are safely edible for cooking and as medicinal herbs, while others are merely ornamental. However, one species called Salvia Divinorum or diviner's sage, is cultivated for its psychedelic drug effects and should be rightly outlawed.

      cliff said:
      September 5, 2013 at 5:59 AM

      Why, because we might get another Hilary Duff on our hands?

    Clara St. Clair said:
    September 2, 2013 at 5:16 PM

    I love the new laws, and even more agree with person who said enforcing is even better. Thank goodness we have a local policeman to help us be informed, if we have a computer.

    Heather said:
    September 2, 2013 at 9:18 PM

    What does the less standardized tests mean? Which tests are being eliminated?

      cliff said:
      September 5, 2013 at 6:04 AM

      the ones that keep people from learning about their own culture

    Stephanie said:
    September 4, 2013 at 11:26 PM

    HB869's explanation is a little misleading. BOTH parties can't be incarcerated. However, if only one party is incarcerated and the other is not, then the inmate can get married by proxy. The new law just says that both parties can't get married by proxy

    cliff said:
    September 5, 2013 at 5:58 AM

    You can't get high off of a salvia plant growing in your backyard, this is asinine.

      cliff said:
      September 5, 2013 at 6:07 AM

      Apparently it doesn't matter. O.k.

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