New year brings new Texas laws

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The new year brings two dozen new Texas laws and other important changes set in motion by the Legislature in 2019, including protections for surprise medical bills, greater transparency for government spending and criminal penalties for those who fail to report sexual violence on college campuses.

Also taking effect on the first day of 2020 are laws targeting online data breaches, “pill mill” pharmacies and obstacles that keep former prison inmates from getting a job.

Other new laws implement several of the amendments to the Texas Constitution that voters approved in November.


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