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Legislation Update

posted Aug 5, 2009, 6:14 AM by Rebecca Baker   [ updated Aug 5, 2009, 6:15 AM ]

by Blakely Fernandez

A few bills of note that were passed during the 81st Legislative Session:

TAKS

Third graders will still have to take, but no longer have to pass the TAKS test to be promoted to fourth grade.   Fifth and eighth graders will still need to pass the TAKS test for promotion to the next grade.

Booster Seat Use Expanded

Dust off your booster seats!  It’s now that law that children must be either 8 years old or 4’9” before they can travel in a car without a booster seat. This law is already effective. Fines range from $25 for the first offense to up to $250 for subsequent offenses.

Cell Phones in School Zones

As of September 1, the State bans the use of cell phones, without a hands free device, in active school zones.  Watch for signs to be posted ahead of school zones.

Sales Tax Holiday A little late for us …

Texas shoppers get a break from State and local sales taxes during the State’s annual tax holiday on August 21, 22, 23.  As in previous years, the law exempts most clothing and footwear priced under $100 from sales and use taxes.  Backpacks priced under $100 used by elementary and secondary students are also exempt.  This year, school supplies have been added to the list. 

Campus Coordinated Health Program

Beginning this school year, each campus will need to include health objectives in its campus improvement plan. (Speaking of healthy initiatives, mark your calendar for the November 14 KidsRock Run!)

Tanning

A new law bans anyone under 16 ½ from using a commercial tanning bed.  If you want to tan your kids, you’ll have to buy your own.

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