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Many New Texas Laws Take Effect September 1


The 84th Regular Session of the legislature wrapped up this summer, and many of the bills passed during the session will take effect on September 1.  If you are interested in learning more about some of the new laws that may impact your life, and your clients’ lives, take a look at the Texas Tribune’s 31 Days, 31 Ways series.  Just as they did after the 83rd legislative session, during the month of August the Texas Tribune will be a running a story each day about a new state law and how it will impact the lives of Texans.  

Only five days into August, they have already highlighted some important new laws including one repealing the professionals tax on lawyers, doctors, and many other professions and another overhauling the state’s controversial “pick-a-pal” system for grand jury selection.  To learn more about these laws as well as others passed by the legislature, see the Texas Legislature Online website.  And stay tuned for more stories from the Texas Tribune this month regarding other important changes taking effect September 1!

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