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New Texas State Laws That Went into Effect September 1st 2013

Because of the Labor Day holiday, some of you might have missed the fact that new Texas laws went into effect as of September 1st, 2013. In case you haven’t had a chance to check out some of the over 600 laws passed, here’s a rundown of some of the more notable ones.

NOTE: SB stands for Senate Bill while HB stands for House Bill.

 


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Scott Olson, Getty Images

SB 393 - Student Tickets

 
 

If you have a kiddo in school, this is one you need to know about. 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.

 
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Chung Sung-Jun, Getty Images

SB 329 - No Tanning for Minors

 
 

You can no longer use a tanning booth unless you are over the age of 18 regardless of whether you have a parent or guardian with you.

 

 
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TXDOT Facebook

SB 510 - Moving Over for TXDOT Vehicles

 
 

We already have a law in place to move over for police, fire, tow trucks and other emergency vehicles. Now, drivers are 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.

 
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John Cowpland, Getty Images

HB 3668 - Stop and Render Aid

 
 

If you get into a wreck, and you think the other driver is hurt but don't check on them, you could get up to 10 years in prison.

 
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Getty Images

SB 275 - Hit and Run Fatality

 
 

Hit-and-run fatality crashes will now carry the same penalty as intoxication manslaughter, up to 20 years in prison. So, if you think that leaving the scene of an accident because you are drunk is a lesser charge, you might want to think again.

 
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David Dermer, Getty Images

SB 181 - Showing Insurance on Cell Phone

 
 

Don't have your insurance card handy? It's no longer a problem if you have a smart phone or other communication device. The law also states that showing your proof of insurance this way does not constitute consent for a law enforcement officer, or any other person, to access the contents of the wireless communication device except to view the financial responsibility information. (This law became effective in April of 2013)

 
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Marc Piscotty, Getty Images

HB 124 - Some Salvia is Now Controlled Substance

 
 

Specifically, salvia divinorum has been added to the list of controlled substances, however, this does not include all types of salvia.

 
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Gerardo Mora, Getty Images

SB 1191 - Rape Kit

 
 

All Texas emergency rooms are required to have rape kits.

 
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Dave Einsel, Getty Images

HB 625 - Not Displaying License Plates

 
 

If you are busted for not displaying your two license plates on a highway, you could get up to a $200 fine.

 

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