New State Laws Go Into Effect In September

Gelila Negesse, Co-Editor-in-Chief

During the 2019 Texas Legislature Session, 820 laws we’re passed that range from prison treat, state budgets and the smoking age that went into place September first.

These news laws specifically target high school age demographics with new regulations on age restrictions to sexting. The new age restriction includes  a law prohibiting those under the age 21 to buy any cigarette or tobacco product, including e-cigarettes as a way to deter youth from drug abuse. Another age restriction includes children under the age of 18 can not buy cough syrup that contain chemicals that a study showed teens getting high off of it. Lastly, those who send sexually explicit image to someone else without their consent can now face up to a $500 fine. Other major laws passed include allowing children to run lemonade stands and a born alive act which allows doctors to care for babies  born after failed abortions.

Many of these new laws are creating shifts in social life changing many laws surrounding many Texas social issues.