New state laws to be rolled out in 2015

Texas State Capitol. (Eric Janzen/KXAN)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Austin’s hands-free ordinance is getting a lot of attention, but there are also some new state laws going into effect in 2015.

One could prevent a possible conflict of interest in courtrooms. It will bar justices and judges from having a significant business interest in private jails and rehab centers. The concern is that financial investments could affect impartiality.

Another rule affects three-wheeled motorcycles, like the Can Am Spyder or the Polaris Slingshot. The state will now issue a special “Class M” license for people who only learned how to ride the three-wheelers, but not the two-wheelers.

Other new laws for 2015

HB 500
Relating to the computation of the franchise tax, including certain exclusions from the tax.

This Act takes effect January 1, 2014, except Sections 10 and 13 take effect September 1, 2013, and Section 14 takes effect January 1, 2015.

HB 3153
Relating to the operation and administration of, and practice in courts in, the judicial branch of state government and the composition of certain juvenile boards; imposing a fee.

This Act takes effect September 1, 2013, except Section 1.02(a) takes effect January 1, 2014; Section 1.05(a) takes effect September 1, 2014; Sections 1.04(a), 2.02(a), and 2.03(a) take effect January 1, 2015; and Sections 1.06(a) and 2.06(a) and (b) take effect September 1, 2015.

SB 492
Relating to the licensing and regulation of prescribed pediatric extended care centers; providing penalties; imposing fees.

This Act takes effect September 1, 2013, except Subchapters E and F, Chapter 248A, Health and Safety Code, as added by this Act, take effect January 1, 2015.

SB 1806
Relating to the Harrison County Court at Law.

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