Guns, gas, and government the subject of new Texas laws now in effect

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AUSTIN, TX – Texans are starting the new year with some new rules, or laws, passed by the Legislature.

By now you know all about the right to carry a big iron on your hip.

But there are other rules and regulations our elected mommies and daddies have decided we need to keep us in line.

One of those new laws makes it harder for minors to go to a judge to get permission for an abortion without parental consent.

Gas pumps will have something else for you to read while you’re pumping your money into your tank.

Those pumps now have to show you how much the governor and Uncle Sam are charging you.

Right now, 20 cents a gallon goes to Austin. A nickel of that goes to education, with the rest going for roads and highways. And the folks in Washington want you to put 18.4 cents a gallon in their hands.

Tom Jefferson wasn’t a Texan, but he’s known for saying “An enlightened citizenry is indispensable for the proper functioning of a republic.”

Well, one of the new laws requires public bodies like city councils, county commissions, and school boards to post online the  video and audio recordings of their meetings.

This way, you can fall asleep in the comfort of your home. But you’ll be enlightened.