Some interesting new Texas state laws for 2024

πŸ’° Money/Property:
– SB 1381: πŸ‘΅πŸΌπŸ  If a person aged 65 or older receives a property tax exemption for their homestead, their surviving spouse is entitled to receive the same exemption without applying for it in the next tax year.
– SB 1999: πŸ’° Changes the formula used to calculate a taxing unit's unused increment tax rate for property tax purposes.
– SB 2355: πŸ“œ Allows requests for binding arbitration to be filed directly with the comptroller of public accounts instead of the appraisal district.
– SB 2440: 🏞️ Replaces the authority of a municipal authority and a county commissioner's court to require a plat application for the subdivision of land with groundwater to have an attached statement about groundwater availability.
– SB 3: πŸ’Ό Increases the amount of total revenue exemption for the franchise tax to $2.47 million.
– HB 3273: πŸ“’ Relates to public notice of property-tax-related information available on the internet.
πŸ‘ͺ Parents/Schools:
– SB 10: 🍎 Provides a cost-of-living adjustment for teachers who are active members of the Texas Teacher Retirement System.
– SB 2124: βž• Requires school districts to create and implement advanced math programs starting in middle school.
– HB 473: πŸ“£ Establishes parents' rights to be notified if their child is the subject of a “threat assessment” conducted by a public school's threat assessment and safe and supportive school team.
– SB 17: 🌈 Relates to diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives at public institutions of higher education.
– HB 4758: 🚫 Prohibits certain e-cigarette products and creates a criminal offense.
– HB 1212: ✝️ Prohibits districts from requiring documentation from a member of the clergy to justify an excused absence for a religious holy day.
– SB 763: πŸŽ“ Allows school districts to employ chaplains or accept chaplains as volunteers for providing student support, services, and programs assigned by the board.
– HB 3803: πŸ” Allows parents to elect for their students to repeat a grade up to eighth grade and to repeat any high school course for credit.
– HB 900: πŸ“š Establishes a new statewide process and standards for approval of school library materials.
🌟 Quality of life:
– HB 4500: πŸ’Š Relates to electronic verification of health benefits by health benefit plan issuers for certain physicians and health care providers.
– New Medical Billing law: πŸ’Έ Requires hospitals to provide an itemized bill before attempting to collect any money from a patient.
– Prescription Drug Importation: 🌍 Allows Texas to import low-cost medicine from Canada to save consumers money.
– Sales Tax Break for Adult Diapers, Hygiene Products: 🧻 Removes sales tax on personal-needs products like adult and baby diapers, wipes, and menstrual products.
πŸ”’ Crime:
– HB 3474: πŸ“œ An omnibus bill that makes various changes to the practices and procedures of the Texas government's judicial branch, including creating new courts, revising jurisdiction, and setting out procedures for court clerks, among other things.

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