New Texas Laws To Take Effect In The New Year

Dec 31, 2017

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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.

Another new law will speed up the process of selling a car by allowing odometer readings to be transferred electronically.

And additional legislation for the new year increases the amount of liquid milk that tractor-trailers are allowed to carry.

Finally, another new law requires Texas health insurance providers to cover the cost of high-tech 3-D mammograms.