Now that the regular and called sessions of the 83rd Legislature have come to a close, it is time to sort through all of the new legislation to determine how it affects you. One useful resource that makes for lighter reading than the enrolled bills comes from the Texas Tribune. During the month of August, the Tribune will run its 31 Ways, 31 Days series that features a new column each day concerning a law that will impact the lives of Texans. Thus far, topics discussed run the gamut from regulations on craft breweries to proxy marriages for inmates. With such a variety of topics, the series is likely to touch on a law of interest before September 1, 2013, when much of the new legislation goes into effect.
Of course, reports on 31 new laws only scratches the surface of the more than 6,000 bills passed without veto during the 83rd Legislature. For tips on researching Texas legislation, see these helpful Nota Bene posts:
Also, visit the Legislative Reference Library of Texas online for more great tools and research tips.
Joseph Lawson is a guest blogger for Nota Bene and the law librarian at the Fort Bend County Law Library. Please note that the views expressed in this post do not represent an official position or opinion of Fort Bend County, Texas.