Over 600 new laws on the books in Texas

Over 600 new laws on the books in Texas

Visitors enter the Texas House Chamber at the Texas Capitol, Wednesday, Aug. 11, 2021, in Austin, Texas. (The Center Square) – Over 600 new laws went into effect Wednesday in Texas. The laws were passed both the House and Senate during the 87th Legislative Session and were signed into law by Gov. Greg Abbott. The new laws exclude several bills that went into effect immediately earlier in the year. The new laws include several conservative priorities, including the Heartbeat Bill , Texas becoming a Second Amendment sanctuary state, legalizing constitutional carry, ensuring that police departments remain funded, prohibiting public homeless encampments, and providing funding for homeschooling and school choice options, among others. “The 87th Legislative Session was a monumental success, and many of the laws going into effect today will ensure a safer, freer, healthier, and more prosperous Texas,” Abbott said. His two priority legislative items, election reform and bail reform, failed to pass during the regular session and the first special session. They both passed during the second special legislative session. Laws related to law enforcement include ensuring that cities and municipalities cannot defund their police departments, and enhancing criminal penalties for some offenses. After the Austin City Council voted to defund its police department and crime increased, the legislature passed House Bill 1900, which penalizes cities that defund their police departments. Cities with populations over 250,000 that seek to defund their police departments will have their property tax revenue frozen, according to the new law. The bill […]

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