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Nearly two dozen new Texas laws come into effect on Saturday

Legislators approved the bills, many of which address certain tax rules or exemptions, earlier this year.

AUSTIN — Nearly two dozen bills passed by the legislature earlier this year will become law on Saturday. Lawmakers approved the bills, some of which deal with certain tax rules or exemptions, at the regular legislative meeting that ended in May. Hundreds of other new measures are already in place.

Here’s a look at some of the measures that will come into effect on New Year’s Day.

House Bill 115 exempts taxes from certain properties owned by charitable organizations and used to provide housing and related services to people who are homeless.

The measure removes the requirement that exempt real estate must be located on a single campus and, among other things, requires that the housing on the property be permanent.

House Bill 1197 increases the maximum period that certain land owned by a religious organization for the purpose of expansion can be exempt from property taxes from six years to ten years. The bill’s authors said the change is intended to benefit smaller municipalities.

Senate Bill 911 makes a restaurant with certain liquor licenses or licenses eligible for a food and beverage certificate, among other provisions to regulate third-party food delivery services.

Proponents say the measure would help restaurants recover from the pandemic by imposing clear demands on food delivery services.

House Bill 3961 requires certain long-term care facilities, such as nursing homes, to post on the facility’s website information about the state office of the Ombudsman for Long-Term Care, who advocates for residents’ rights.

The measure addresses concerns that arose during the pandemic, when facility closures kept residents isolated from their loved ones for months.

Senate Bill 794 exempts homestead taxes for veterans deemed “100% disabled” by the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs. Senate Bill 23 requires certain counties to hold elections before reducing funding to a county’s primary law enforcement agency or allocating funds to different law enforcement agencies.

The measure only applies to provinces with more than one million inhabitants. The GOP authors of the bill said the measure is in response to requests to “downgrade the police”.

Proponents say the bill guarantees voter input in budgetary decisions that affect public safety. Critics say it hinders local control over the province’s budget processes.

Also on Jan. 1, several bills came into effect with sections already in place, including a bill that revised the training of judges in setting bail, required data collection, and instructed officials to review a defendant’s criminal history. review before setting bail.

Another measure allows homeowners to receive their home exemption the year they acquire the property, rather than having to wait until January 1 of the following year.