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Now on the Books | The Texas Tribune Callie Richmond

In Texas, college students sent to remedial education usually don't make it far. A new state law that revamps how that education is provided hopes to change that. 

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by Andy Duehren

House Bill 1643 makes it a crime to operate a drone over “concentrated animal feeding operations,” as well as telecommunication facilities and certain oil and gas facilities.

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by Marissa Evans and Todd Wiseman

Under a new law that took effect Sept. 1, insurance companies may not cover mental health and substance abuse care differently than they cover medical care. 

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by Alex Samuels

A new law reduces the first-time fee for a license to carry from $140 to $40 and the renewal fee from $70 to $40.

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by Alex Samuels

A new state law prohibits anyone under 16 from getting married and requires people under 18 to get a judge's consent before marrying. 

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by Emma Platoff

A new law prevents most registered sex offenders from residing in dormitories on private or public campuses. The law codifies a policy already in place at many of Texas' biggest schools. 

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by Jolie McCullough

High schoolers, new drivers and police will all need to receive training on police interactions under a new law — but not until next fall. 

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by Shannon Najmabadi

A new law requires Texas' freestanding emergency rooms to more clearly communicate what health insurance networks they're in, if any. Supporters say the law is great for consumers, who have been blindsided by massive, hospital-sized bills.

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by Jolie McCullough and Justin Dehn

This year, Texas legislators continued efforts to prevent wrongful convictions by passing a law focused on fixing unreliable jailhouse informants, unfair police station lineups and coerced confessions.

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by Kirby Wilson

A new Texas law gives financial institutions greater authority to stop transactions that they suspect are aimed at defrauding elderly or disabled clients.

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by Jim Malewitz

Driver's license applications will soon ask Texans whether they'd like to donate $1 or more for sexual assault kit testing. It's the state's latest effort to reduce a backlog that has swelled for years. “There are women sitting for years sometimes waiting for justice,” said Rep. Victoria Neave, who authored the law. 

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by Aliyya Swaby

School districts are now allowed to create food pantries on campus to store and distribute leftover food from the cafeteria, as long as they follow state and local health codes.

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by Kirby Wilson

Lawmakers and advocates say "David's Law," which Gov. Greg Abbott signed in June, will allow school districts and prosecutors to fight cyberbullying on multiple fronts. But some have argued that the law is overly broad and doesn't do enough to stop cyberbullying before it happens.

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by Andy Duehren

House Bill 3287 requires craft brewers who produce more than 225,000 barrels a year to pay a distributor to deliver their beer — even if the destination is inside their own facility.

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by Emma Platoff

A new state law eliminates the category of "illegal knives," effectively expanding knife owners' freedom to carry blades almost anywhere in the state. 

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by Shannon Najmabadi

Newly purchased school buses in Texas must have three-point seat belts for all riders under a new state law. Deemed costly and unnecessary by critics, the measure aims to improve safety and replaces a 2007 law that offered money to districts that added seat belts to buses.

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