While some of these new laws affect only a few Texans, others will have a big impact on many. We wanted to give our readers a peek at some of these new laws while explaining (in layman’s terms) what exactly they mean.
Here is a quick roundup of some of the bills recently passed by the 84th Texas Legislature. Most of these new Texas laws are set to go into effect on September 1st, 2015, but a few have already taken effect.
Body Cameras for Police Departments [SB 158]
According to State Bill 158, effective on September 1st, 2015, a county sheriff or municipal police department may apply to the office of the Governor for a grant for body cameras to be issued to various police officers. The body cameras must only be used for law enforcement purposes, and the departments which receive the cameras must create provisions and guidelines for the use and storage of the cameras and video.
Tougher Drug Laws [HB 1424]
Usually, the manufacture and delivery of most controlled substances is a Class A Misdemeanor in Texas, but if the person has a previous conviction for manufacture and delivery of controlled substances, that crime now becomes a state jail felony under House Bill 1424. Further, if the person has been convicted of two previous crimes for manufacturing and delivering controlled substances, then that crime now becomes a third degree felony. This law takes effect on September 1st, 2015.
Concealed Handgun License as Valid Form of Personal Identification [HB 2739]
Concealed handgun permits are now valid forms of identification in Texas. A person may not deny the holder of the license access to goods, services, or facilities. This does not ……… read more here.