Get ready for the bevy of new laws to hit Texans Rare Media Library
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A total of 26 new laws took effect the moment we stepped into the new year in the Lone Star State.

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The passage of SB 1381 allows retail stores to prevent you from using your credit or debit card to make a purchase if you don’t have a valid government-issued ID, according to

Another ID law allows voters who have a “reasonable impediment” to getting a government identification card to use things like bank statements at the polls to prove residency. However, voters could face jail time if they lie about not being able to attain a photo ID.

Others regulate prepaid calling cards, the appeals process for home appraisals and how much milk you can haul on a semi. The full list of laws with links to the complete text and history of each can be found here.

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