In an article by Anna Tinsley at the Star-Telegram, Assistant Political Science Professor Brandon Rottinghaus from the University of Houston (GO Coogs!) states:
“These laws are a lot of small things that might add up to be something big. You have a fairly conservative agenda that manifested in the grouping of these laws.”
“Collectively, people may feel a trend toward more conservative governing,” he said. “Among the bigger things, the general scope of the budget and the major issue – the need to cut billions of dollars and the way in which it was cut – shows a distinctly conservative stamp on the Legislature.”
Here’s a run down of a few of the bills passed that are effective SEPTEMBER 1, 2011 for my fellow Texans so you don’t get caught on breaking the law!
- Applicants for a driver’s license or state ID must provide proof they are legally in the country in order to obtain the driver’s license.
- Feral hogs can be shot via helicopter by licensed hunters.
- It is now legal to catch a catfish with your bare hands, i.e. noodling!
- SB 321 allows gun owners to keep their guns and ammunition in their cars during business hours in company parking lots.
- In an effort to restore and maintain integrity to the Texas voting system, SB 14 requires citizens to present to a valid photo ID at the polls in order to vote.
- Tort reform has come to Texas in that the Texas Supreme Court will expedite lawsuit claims under $100K. This bill will also permit judges to dismiss lawsuits that have no merit.
- Senate Bill 407 states that any youth caught sexting can be charged with a misdemeanor which could even result in jail time if repeated.
- Border Security biennial budget increased to $219.5 million.
So, my fellow Texans, our border should start to be a little safer with the increase to our border security budget. We have a long way to go to secure them, but I have faith this is a step in the right direction.
Kids: Don’t sext. It’s against the law. It’s inappropriate. And it’s just gross. Umm, pay attention to your kids, parents!
GOD. BLESS. TEXAS.