Friday, October 07, 2005

Texas puts 1,000 new laws on the books

Dallas Morning News | News for Dallas, Texas | Texas Legislature: "This morning, there are nearly 1,000 new Texas laws to obey.

New teen drivers who like to talk on their cellphones on their way to school might find traffic tickets more expensive if they're yapping to a buddy when they run a stop sign.

But a motorist whose car gets towed away is likely to find it easier to rescue the vehicle now that he can use a credit card to pay the fee.

Overall, those affected include grieving parents, divorcing couples, pregnant teenagers, gun owners, drinkers, criminals and victims.

The new legislation – 755 bills containing close to 1,000 new rules and regulations – is the work of the part-time Legislature scrambling to make laws during the limited time the Texas Constitution allows it to meet: five months every two years."


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