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After Texas legalized hemp and threw marijuana prosecution into chaos last year, prosecutors filed far fewer criminal charges, police departments paid for private testing and public crime labs were struggling to catch up.

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Texas Raises Sentencing For Hit-And-Run Car Accidents To Equivalent Of DWI Manslaughter

Sep 22, 2019
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A new law increased the punishment for failing to stop and render aid to match the sentence for DWI manslaughter. The goal is to deter drunken drivers from leaving the scene of an accident.

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Three years after his son's death, David Wood saw the driver accused of hitting his son on the highway in 2014 and leaving the scene finally receive a guilty verdict — but the punishment wasn't what he, or the prosecutors handling the case, had hoped for.

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Mere hours after a West Texas mass shooting left at least seven dead, the State of Texas loosened gun restrictions.

As CNN reports, a series of new laws went into effect on Sunday, only a day after a shooter killed seven and injured at least 20 in Odessa, including a 17-month-old girl.

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Earlier this year, Texas passed a law legalizing hemp and hemp-derived products like CBD oil. The law changed the state’s legal definition of marijuana.

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A raft of new Texas laws takes effect today, reports The Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

One new law will allow retailers to reject a sale if a shopper fails to produce a valid photo ID to match their credit or debit card. The law is an effort to cut down on debit card fraud.

As of Jan. 1, Texas will also unveil a new revamped voter ID law. The new legislation comes after the former ID law was ruled unconstitutional by courts, which charged that the law discriminated against minorities.

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A number of new laws will take effect in Texas next month, reports KTRK.

This September, Texas will become the 47th state to ban texting while driving. The law has drawn criticism from Amarillo Mayor Ginger Nelson, as it preempts Amarillo’s stricter texting-while-driving law.

Texas Senator Kel Seliger also called the law an example of state legislative overreach.