New laws in Texas

By: KXII Staff Email
By: KXII Staff Email

As of Monday, public school students in the Lone Star State are allowed to speak freely about religion while at school. It’s a historical move on the part of the Texas Congress.

In mid-August, Texas Governor Rick Perry signed House Bill 3679 that allows students free expression of religious viewpoints in public schools.

Governor Perry said that lives are better when freedoms are preserved.

He said this bill does that by allowing children to share faith as part of an educational dialogue.

Some other Texas laws taking effect this week include Katie’s Law, where people over 79 years old cannot apply online for renewing the driver's license. They will have go into the office for that, and people 85 and older must renew every two years instead of six years.

Also, a stricter sex offender law takes effect, which says sex offenders will now be identified with a street address and photograph. The public record in the past only included the offender's name and street name.

Also, new legislation states that drivers who speed more than 90 miles an hour can no longer take defensive driving to dismiss the ticket. The violation will not be reduced.

For more Texas laws taking effect this week, visit http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/metropolitan/5101064.html .


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  • by Janette Location: Sherman on Sep 16, 2007 at 10:39 AM
    GOD BLESS TEXAS! At least the Lonestar State recognizes the freedom of Religion!
  • by Anonymous on Sep 5, 2007 at 01:31 PM
    Ha! Ha! Hey Lynn, you sound like a very tolerant person. And Ok. Girl, what exactly constitutes a "non-believer"? Some folks have enough sense to realize that the world is older that 6,000 years.
  • by Ok. Girl Location: Ok. on Sep 5, 2007 at 09:39 AM
    Woo Hoo!!!!!!!! For Texas !!!!!!!! It is a shame that we let the non-believers take over our Country. THANK YOU TEXAS
  • by Lynn Location: sherman on Sep 5, 2007 at 09:04 AM
    Yaay Texas! This is great, not only for those of Christian faith. Jewish, muslim, kids of all faiths can use this to help each other with tolerance. Athiests can use it as quiet time to ponder their empty souls...
  • by Agnostic on Sep 5, 2007 at 06:32 AM
    Yeah, freedom of expression is great if it applies to everyone--not just Christians. But I doubt that it will apply to anyone else. Politicians like to talk about preserving freedom, but they rarely act to do anything but take it. Except for maybe, Ron Paul.
  • by julie Location: texas on Sep 4, 2007 at 10:44 AM
    This is GREAT news for a change
  • by That Girl Location: Bryan county on Sep 4, 2007 at 09:44 AM
    That is wonderful for the state of Texas. Oklahoma needs to adopt the same law.
  • by Cass Location: Oklahoma on Sep 4, 2007 at 09:15 AM
    This is great more states should be this way :)
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