In Texas, 666 Laws Take Effect Sept. 1, Including Many Conservative Priorities

In Texas, 666 Laws Take Effect Sept. 1, Including Many Conservative Priorities

In Texas, more than 650 new laws go into effect Wednesday passed by the Republican-led state legislature in the 2021 regular session. Among them are top conservative priorities passed in other red states around the country this year, but none as big as Texas with more than 29 million residents. Meanwhile, Texas Democrats have returned to the state after leaving to protest a restrictive voting law. That bill eventually passed Tuesday but won’t immediately become law. Here are some of the major new laws that do take effect Wednesday, Sept. 1, in Texas: New voting laws. (No, not that one) The Texas voting bill that’s gained the most attention this year is the GOP-backed Senate Bill 1, which passed this week. That still needs Gov. Abbott’s signature but some less talked about voting laws take effect Wednesday. One bans Texas voters from registering using a post office box as their address, another allows the secretary of state to cut funds for voter registrars that fail to remove certain people from the rolls and one more makes it harder to apply for a mail-in ballot for medical reasons. There are also other, less controversial, voting laws. One that allows people to track their mail-in ballots and another that makes it clear who can be in a polling place: voters, election workers, poll watchers, election judges and law enforcement. Cardiac activity abortion ban Earlier this year, Texas lawmakers passed a bill that could ban the vast majority of abortions in the […]

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