New Texas laws take effect

By: KXII-TV Staff Email
By: KXII-TV Staff Email

AUSTIN, TX - A handful of laws passed by the Texas Legislature last session take effect this week.

Most notable is a new law that require all college students attending school in Texas to get a meningitis shot. The law, which applies to all public and private universities, as well as community and junior colleges, requires students to have had the meningitis vaccine within the last five years.

Another new Texas law makes spouses of veterans exempt from paying property taxes on their homes. And the controversial "can ban" goes into effect in New Braunfels for those who "float" the Comal and Guadalupe Rivers, which prohibits the use of disposable containers on the rivers.

To see the full list of Texas laws that went into effect January 1, 2012, click here.


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  • by Mark Washburn Location: Sherman on Jan 4, 2012 at 05:35 PM
    I believe vaccination is good when needed. I had polio before the vaccine was available. I recieved vaccinations as a child. But there was a need. Notice no report from the media of why this is neccessary. Don't you want to know how many cases of meningitis is happening, is it an epidemic? Don't blindly accept media reports as facts and truth. Reasearch and find out. As a Tea Party person I am not against vaccinations, but we as citizens must ask why of this government intervention into our lives. That is our right and duty. Also why not us all not need the vaccine. Is some College live styles involved causing the need or what? We don't now because the info is being spooned fed to s by the nanny media and nanny government. Tell me why I am wrong.
  • by Mark Washburn Location: Sherman on Jan 4, 2012 at 07:12 AM
    Why do we need meningitis shots? Is there an outbreak of this disease? Does our open border policies bring this prevention scare upon us? If there is a need to do this, then tell us why meningitis has grew into this requirement of prevention shots. The government is being too invasive into our personal freedoms.
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      by high horse on Jan 4, 2012 at 10:42 AM in reply to Mark Washburn
      It's just more of the nanny state in action. Anything can be justified if it saves lives because lives are more important than liberty.... Patrick Henry is dead....
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      by Anonymous on Jan 4, 2012 at 01:03 PM in reply to Mark Washburn
      Because your Republican overlords demanded it. Now obey & shut up.
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      by Heather on Jan 4, 2012 at 02:18 PM in reply to Mark Washburn
      Umm... It has nothing to do with the government , you paronoid tea dipper. There is a major meningitis outbreak in the college age kids. Would you also complain about your kids getting their booster shots? Are you one of those people? Both of my teenagers got this vaccine in 6 th grade.
  • by Mr. B Location: Okla. on Jan 3, 2012 at 07:09 PM
    You might view this video and ask this young man's family what they think about the meningitis vaccine. http://www.newson6.com/story/16326482/oologah-meningitis-survivor-reaches-another-milestone
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      by Anonymous on Jan 4, 2012 at 11:17 AM in reply to Mr. B
      Mr. B, first off this is a little kid, second off it doesn't say but he could have had this when he was born. They are wanting college kids to get this shot, which makes no sense, come back to me when you can find 100 or more colleges kids getting this, then I will listen to you
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        by Bob on Jan 4, 2012 at 02:19 PM in reply to
        Are you kidding? College kids ARE getting meningitis. What rock do you live under? It's been a serious problem on campus in recent year.
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        by Mr. B on Jan 4, 2012 at 06:54 PM in reply to
        Two of his classmates contracted meningitis the same time this young man did. They did not survive. A teenage student in the community also contracted the disease and did survive with no apparent permanent health problems. The effects of meningitis are so devistating that it seems unwise to risk contracting it at any age when a vaccine is available that might prevent it. It really makes no difference whether or not you listen to me. I am just presenting information. Do with it what every you wish. Below is a link, that is not exactly current, to some interesting and enlightening information about meningitis. http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/20519953/ns/health-infectious_diseases/t/killer-college-meningitis-threatens-students/
  • by Anonymous on Jan 3, 2012 at 12:22 PM
    This is so stupid that these college kids have to get this shot just like the chickenpox shot, my kids still got the chicken pox!
  • by Anonymous Location: denison on Jan 3, 2012 at 11:20 AM
    No disposal containers on the Comal or Guadalupe, does that mean we can bring a thermos full of beer, etc? Just nothing that is disposal?
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      by Mindy on Jan 4, 2012 at 05:47 AM in reply to
      Can we get a keg with multiple hoses???? just wondering..... :)
  • by Clarity Needed on Jan 3, 2012 at 07:13 AM
    Clarifying yet another part of your story.... The meningitis vaccine requirement was placed in effect on Sept 1, 2011 to affect students enrolling after Jan 1, 2012. This requirement applies to new students. It does not apply to students over 30 years of age, students who were enrolled at the same school in the fall of 2011, and students who are enrolled only in on-line (and distance learning) classes. For entire bill... http://www.legis.state.tx.us/tlodocs/82R/billtext/html/SB01107F.htm
  • by trammel on Jan 3, 2012 at 05:30 AM
    What is a meningitis shot? Is this a forced vaccination?
  • by Graham Location: Pottsboro on Jan 2, 2012 at 02:21 PM
    CLARIFYING YOUR STORY ... Relating to the calculation of ad valorem taxes on the residence homestead of a 100 percent or totally disabled veteran for the tax year in which the veteran qualifies or ceases to qualify for an exemption from taxation of the homestead.
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