the north face sangro A look at the new laws that took effect today in Texas
Today over 650 new laws took effect in the State of Texas.
It is now illegal to text and drive in the State of Texas, fines will range between 25 dollars to 99 dollars. During the special session called by Abbott, lawmakers worked to allow this bill to supersede local ordinances, but it did not work,
so the Wichita falls ordinance of prohibiting all handheld device usage is still in effect and could cost you up to 500 dollars.
And starting today public school will have to institute grace periods for students who can pay for their lunches. The law required schools to notify parents when a student has low lunch account balance, in the past schools often gave their students cold sandwiches when they couldn pay.
Also during the legislative session lawmakers that made one punch straight party voting illegal. This bill goes into effect on September first, 2020 just in time for the next presidential election. Only eight states other than Texas allow one punch voting.
Starting today, you can purchase a license to carry a handgun for a significantly smaller fee.
The new law reduces the cost of first time permits from 140 dollars. Now to 40 dollars. The cost of 5 year renewals has also dropped from 70 dollars down to 40 dollars. This places Texas as having the lowest gun carry fees in the nation
“I run into so many people I met that they let their license go because they didn want to pay their renewal fee. Now it low enough that most of us should be able to budget it and for 5 years. renew your license.” Heather Reitsma,
Point Blank CHL Instructor
Now that the cost of obtaining and renewing a license is lower. Reitsma says she feels there will be a spike in people signing up to for concealed handgun classes as well as more renewals.
If you would like to hear from some of your lawmakers and how they feel after the regular and special legislative sessions join us here on KFDX Monday night following the 6 o news cast for Texoma Politics Now.