18+ to tan and other new Texas laws that could affect your day-to-day life
Over 650 new Texas laws went into effect Sunday. While a majority of these laws involve driving or traffic restrictions, some of them will affect East Texans in their day-to-day activities.
Senate Bill 329
This law prohibits anyone under the age of 18 from using a tanning bed, even if they have parental consent. This law comes after the discovery that the most common cancer in 15 to 29-year-olds is melanoma. Previously, those between the ages of 16 and 18 could legally use a tanning bed after a parent signed a document allowing them to do so.
Those filing for unemployment can be subjected to a drug screening. The law states that testing is a condition for the receipt of unemployment compensation benefits for certain individuals.
Requires that all hospital emergency departments must have faculty who are trained to care for victims of sexual assault. The law also requires all emergency room facilities to have a rape kit, which will make evidence easier to collect and process.
House Bill 869
Wedding bells are no longer ringing for Texas inmates. A marriage license cannot be issued for an absent applicant, meaning those who are incarcerated can no longer apply.
One man's confiscated weapon can now be another man's treasure. Law enforcement officials are able to sell confiscated weapons to the highest bidder at public auctions. Previously, authorities could either use the confiscated weapons or destroy them.
If you are involved in a vehicle accident, you are required to find out if others involved in the wreck are hurt and if you can help. Those who fail to stop and render aid could face up to ten years in prison.
Texas high school students can breath a sigh of relief. The number of standardized tests students need to pass in order to graduate has been reduced from 15 to five.
Saturday, July 26 2014 2:09 PM EDT2014-07-26 18:09:07 GMT
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