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Six hundred and sixty-six new Texas laws will go into effect September 1, 2021. Debated, passed and signed during the 87th Texas Legislature, these laws include changes to public safety, health care and K-12 education.
Here’s a list of the new laws you should know:
House Bill 1927 allows Texans ages 21 and older to carry handguns without training or a license as long as they are not legally prevented from doing so.
Senate Bill 8 bans abortions after a fetal heartbeat has been detected, which typically happens around six weeks, often before pregnancy is known.
SUNDAY ALCOHOL SALES
House Bill 1518 allows for the sale of beer and wine starting at 10 a.m. on Sundays, two hours earlier than the old law. Liquor stores are still closed on Sundays.
SOCIAL STUDIES CURRICULUM CHANGES
HB 3979 limits teachers from discussing current events and systemic racism in class.
“STAR SPANGLED BANNER PROTECTION ACT”:
Professional sports teams with state funding are required to play the national anthem before games under SB 4.
ACTIVE SHOOTER ALERT SYSTEM:
HB 103 creates the Texas Active Shooter Alert System, which will notify Texans in the vicinity of an active shooting scene through their phones. The system can be activated by request of local law enforcement.
POLICE BODY CAMERAS:
HB 929 requires police officers to keep body cameras on during the entirety of active investigations.
BANNING UNNECESSARY POLICE CHOKEHOLDS:
Police officers are now prohibited from using chokeholds or excessive force during arrests unless necessary to prevent officer or bystander injury under SB 69. Officers who witness violations are required to report the incident.
A full list of the laws is available on the Legislative Reference Library of Texas website at https://lrl.texas.gov/sessions/effDates/billsEffective87.cfm#September21