New Texas Laws in 2022 Cover Vets, Power Grid, & Your Chickens
When Were These Laws Passed?
All of these bills were passed during the regular session of the 87th Legislature. While most deal with tax requirements or exemptions, there are some that might surprise you.
What Is The Most Controversial Bill?
The bill with some of the most controversy for the new year is Senate Bill 23.
The Republican authors of the law claim it was designed against 'defunding the police'. Critics say it will make local control of county budgets more difficult.
The wording of the bill states that it requires counties to hold an election to 'reduce or reallocate funding or resources' for certain county law enforcement agencies, but it only applies to counties of over one million in population.
Alcohol Sales And Food Delivery
SB 911 is good news for most Texas restaurants. Those holding certain alcoholic beverage permits or licenses will be eligible for a food AND beverage certificate, depending on what percentage of alcohol sales they have.
It also will make delivering alcohol easier, by reducing purchasing restrictions. Once law, the bill will add regulations for third-party delivery services, making fees more transparent to restaurants and customers.
Law Affecting Veterans
SB 794 is good news for disabled vets. It exempts homestead taxes for all veterans who are classified by the Department of Veterans Affairs as 100% disabled.
The New Laws About The Power Grid
What About Chicken & Rabbit Owners?
This one is my favorite. HB 2535 will forbid tax assessors from including personal chicken coops or rabbit pens from being included in the value of a home. Good news, especially if you like to count your chickens before they hatch.