Feral hog hunting to abortions: Buzzworthy TX laws in effect Sep

Feral hog hunting to abortions: Buzzworthy TX laws in effect Sept 1

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State lawmakers passed a multitude of new bills during both the regular and special session. The new regulations range from banning texting while driving to openly carrying swords in public.

Not all of them go into effect today though as judges ban two of the more controversial measures.

We wouldn't have time to go through all 673 with you so here are a few to take note of... 

Texas becomes the 47th state to have a statewide ban on texting while driving. Violators could face a misdemeanor charge and a fine between $25 and $99. Anyone convicted of texting while driving who causes serious injury or death could see fines up to $4,000 and one year in jail.

It's now legal to carry a blade longer than 5 1/2 inches. That includes bowie knives, swords and spears. They'll still be banned in places like churches, schools, and courtrooms. 

Fees to obtain handgun licenses have dropped. $40 is the most any Texan will pay for their LTC, making the fee the lowest in the nation.

And yes, people can now hunt feral hogs and coyotes from hot air balloons. 

There are increased penalties for fatal hit and runs, and harming a member of law enforcement is now a hate crime. 

Child welfare service providers will be able to refuse care based on religious beliefs. This includes adoption agencies and group homes.

Cyber bullying a minor is now a misdemeanor offense with the help of the measure dubbed as "David's Law".

New school buses must have shoulder to lap seat belts for all riders and parents now have a grace period to settle their children's school lunch debt before the cafeteria stops serving the student hot lunches.

As for the two laws that were blocked, Lubbock State Senator Charles Perry's ban on sanctuary cities is the one with national implications. Opponents call it a "show me your papers" law and sued. The judge's injunction does still allow local law enforcement to inquire about someone's immigration status. They can not arrest someone over it, though. This injunction is intended to allow the constitutional lawsuit to go through. 

A different judge issued a temporary delay stopping a provision of Senate Bill 8 from going into effect. It hits pause on a ban of the most common second-term abortion procedure known as dilation and evacuation. Courts have already blocked similar bans in Alabama, Kansas, Louisiana, and Oklahoma. Proponents of the ban have called dilation and evacuation "dismemberment abortion." The restraining order puts the law's enforcement on hold for two weeks.

A lawsuit was also filed this summer over SB-8.

Governor Abbott has signed three new abortion-related measures. Those laws include the increase of reporting requirements for abortion complications and requiring women to buy a supplemental insurance plan if they want coverage for an abortion.

Some opponents call that a "rape insurance" policy. It goes into effect December 1.

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