On September 1st, 2014, several new Texas laws went into effect, most of which were passed by the legislature last year. The biggest of these, called HB 2, was set to close almost all abortion clinics in the state of Texas, but was recently overturned by a District Judge who ruled on Friday that the law was unconstitutional. Several more, however, are now state law. Read up on what you need to know.

Descriptions courtesy of the Legislative Reference Library of Texas. Click to read more.

Relating to public school accountability, including assessment, and curriculum requirements; providing a criminal penalty.

Relating to the allocation of money in the judicial and court personnel training fund.

Relating to the appointment of counsel to represent certain youths and indigent defendants.

Relating to motor vehicle inspections; creating an offense; changing the collection method for certain fees.

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.

Relating to the Jack County Hospital District; authorizing the imposition of a tax.

Relating to creation of the Judicial Branch Certification Commission and the consolidation of judicial profession regulation; imposing penalties; authorizing fees.

Relating to higher education for veterans and their families.

Relating to contributions to, benefits from, and the administration of systems and programs administered by the Teacher Retirement System of Texas.

Relating to the powers and duties of and contributions to and benefits from the systems and programs administered by the Employees Retirement System of Texas.