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Some of the New State Laws in Effect as of Sept. 1

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    New Law: Data Breach Protection

    Texas businesses must follow new rules to notify customers of data breaches within 60 days thanks to a new law that went into effect on Sept. 1, 2019. (Published Friday, Sept. 6, 2019)

    New Texas laws went into effect Sept. 1 which were passed by the Texas Legislature earlier this year. Here are a few of the big ones:

    Digital Privacy

    Texas businesses must follow new rules when a customer's information is compromised. State Rep. Giovanni Capriglione (R-Southlake) authored House Bill 4390 which requires businesses to notify customers of data breaches within 60 days. Previously, the state law only required notification "in a timely manner."

    Cough Medicine

    You'll now have to be 18 to buy over-the-counter cough medicine. Lawmakers were concerned some medicines have an ingredient used by teenagers to get high. Texas is the 19th state to raise the minimum age.

    New Law: Age to Buy Over-the-Counter Cough MedicineNew Law: Age to Buy Over-the-Counter Cough Medicine

    A new Texas law that went into effect Sept. 1 requires customers to be over 18 years old to buy over-the-counter cough medicine. Texas is the 19th state to raise the minimum age.

    (Published Monday, Sept. 2, 2019)

    Porch Pirates

    People who steal packages off front porches could go to prison with a new law that makes it a felony to steal mail, including packages, postcards, etc.

    New Law Makes Stealing Mail a FelonyNew Law Makes Stealing Mail a Felony

    People who steal packages off front porches could go to prison with a new law that makes it a felony to steal mail, including packages, postcards, etc.

    (Published Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019)

    Beer To Go

    Craft breweries can now sell up to a case of beer per customer, per day, to go.

    New Laws on Sept. 1: Beer and Wine DeliveryNew Laws on Sept. 1: Beer and Wine Delivery

    Restaurants, bars or businesses with a permit can deliver alcohol with food to homes or other locations.

    (Published Thursday, Aug. 29, 2019)

    Forensic Testing of Rape Kits

    A new law will add staffing and money for forensic testing of rape kits. It will require an audit of untested kits and extend the statute of limitations. The law is named after Lavinia Masters, whose rape wasn't tested for 20 years after she was sexually assaulted at 13 years old.

    New Law: Forensic Testing of Rape KitsNew Law: Forensic Testing of Rape Kits

    A new law will add staffing and money for forensic testing of rape kits. It will require an audit of untested kits and extend the statute of limitations.

    (Published Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2019)

    Tobacco

    Customers purchasing tobacco must be 21 years old and that includes both cigarettes and e-cigarettes. The law does not apply to those in the military. Violators will face a misdemeanor and up to $500 fine.

    New Laws on Sept. 1: Age to Buy TobaccoNew Laws on Sept. 1: Age to Buy Tobacco

    Starting Sept. 1, customers purchasing tobacco must be 21 years old. The law includes purchases of both cigarettes and e-cigarettes.

    (Published Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2019)

    Lemonade Stands

    Children's unlicensed lemonade stands won't be regulated if they're selling on private property.

    New Law Allows Lemonade Stands Without Fear of FinesNew Law Allows Lemonade Stands Without Fear of Fines

    One of the new laws going into effect Sept. 1 is one to legalize temporary lemonade stands selling non-alcoholic drinks operated by minors on private property or in public parks.

    (Published Monday, Aug. 26, 2019)

    CBD

    A bill legalized hemp farming and the sale and possession of hemp-derived CBD oil containing less than .3% of THC, the compound that produces a "high" in marijuana.NBC 5 Investigates has reported on CBD all year.

    Hunting/Fishing License

    People can now show their hunting and fishing license on their digital device. Also, hunting feral hogs on private property no longer requires a hunting license. More here.

    Alcohol Delivery

    Restaurants, bars or businesses with a mixed beverage permit can deliver alcohol with food to homes or other locations off their premises.

    New Laws on Sept. 1: Beer and Wine DeliveryNew Laws on Sept. 1: Beer and Wine Delivery

    Restaurants, bars or businesses with a permit can deliver alcohol with food to homes or other locations.

    (Published Thursday, Aug. 29, 2019)

    Guns

    Many laws relating to guns were approved this session. Some include: guns will be allowed in school parking lots, leases to rent a apartment or house can't ban guns, people can have a gun during a natural disaster without a license to carry and home owners associations can't restrict gun ownership.

    School Marshals

    No limit on the amount of school marshals a school can have.

    New Texas Laws Going Into Effect Sept. 1New Texas Laws Going Into Effect Sept. 1

    New Texas laws go into effect this Sunday, Sept. 1 and here are a few of the big ones.

    (Published Monday, Aug. 26, 2019)

    Boating Safety

    Kali's Law is a new mandatory ignition "kill switch" requirement for boat operators. The "kill switch" would stop a boats motor if the operator is thrown from the vessel; hopefully protecting the boater and passengers from being hit by the vessel or its propellers.

    Unsolicited Nude Photos

    It's now illegal for someone to send you nude photos you never asked for. Sending unwanted, unrequested nude photos by text, dating app, email or any other platform is now a class C misdemeanor.

    Brass Knuckles

    You can soon carry brass knuckles. Up until now -- they've been banned. But the representative who sponsored the bill says he wants people to be able to protect themselves.

    New Laws on Sept. 1: Brass KnucklesNew Laws on Sept. 1: Brass Knuckles

    You can soon carry brass knuckles. Up until now--they've been banned. But the representative who sponsored the bill says he wants people to be able to protect themselves.

    (Published Friday, Aug. 30, 2019)

    These Texas laws, and many more, go into effect Sunday, Sept. 1.

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