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Political Experts Look Into The New Texas Laws That Go Into Effect Today

Some of the new laws take aim at abortion, gun restrictions, and critical race theory.

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Among the 666 news laws going into effect beginning today is the abortion ban after a heartbeat is detectable, usually at 6 weeks, and let’s private citizens sue anyone who "aids and abets" an abortion.

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More Than 650 Texas Laws are in effect starting today.

New voting laws, open carry, and a ban on critical race theory are among them.

They were passed by the Republican-led state legislature in the 2021 regular session.

Several are top conservative priorities passed in other red states this year as well, but Texas is the biggest with more than 29 million residents.

After leaving to protest a restrictive voting law, Texas Democrats did return to the state. The bill that bans 24-hour voting, drive-through voting, among other restrictions, passed yesterday.


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