Nearly 700 new Texas laws go into effect Sept. 1


Source:  Star-Telegram/Anna M. Tinsley

A host of new laws — 673 to be exact — go into effect Sept. 1, impacting the daily lives of many throughout the state.

People who abuse animals will face longer jail terms; anyone who smashes a window to rescue children or others left in hot vehicles will be protected from civil liability, and UIL sports officials will have to undergo criminal background checks every three years.

Bestiality becomes illegal, as does texting while driving.

At the same time, Texans may now hunt feral hogs and coyotes from hot air balloons, carry long knives and even swords in most parts of the state and pay less to get or renew a License to Carry handguns.

You can check out a full list of the bills online at

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