More than a year after state lawmakers wrapped up their work in Austin, the final pieces of nearly a dozen new laws take effect today.
Many Texans likely won’t feel or see much difference from the new laws, since the biggest one — the last provision of the comprehensive abortion law known as HB 2, which required abortion clinics to meet the same standards as ambulatory surgical centers or close their doors — has been overturned.
Had that piece of the law taken effect, all but a handful of abortion clinics were expected to be shuttered.
That leaves around a dozen laws — touching on issues ranging from judicial and court personnel training to higher education for veterans and their families — to take effect today, a result of work last year by the Texas Legislature, according to the Legislative Reference Library of Texas.
In 2013, the Legislature passed more than 1,400 bills.
“The laws that take effect Sept. 1 pertain mostly to obtuse legal issues not of great concern to [the] broader public, except abortion,” said Allan Saxe, an associate political science professor at the University of Texas at Arlington.
Here’s a look at some of them: