A look at some bills that made it, and some that didn't, in the regular session of the 81st Texas Legislature, which ends Monday.
PASSED, SIGNED INTO LAW BY GOV. RICK PERRY
-Wrongful Convictions: Increases compensation for those who were convicted and sent to prison for crimes they did not commit.
-Texas Movies: Expands the ability of the state's movie and film office to grant financial incentives to lure productions to Texas.
-Hurricanes-Electricity: Allows utilities to issue low-cost bonds to recover costs after hurricanes and other disasters, reducing the financial impact to electricity customers for rebuilding and restoration.
-Journalist Shield Law: Provides limited immunity to journalists from having to testify and reveal confidential sources and documents in court.
-Interior Designers: Prohibits someone not licensed or registered with the Texas Board of Architectural Examiners as an
interior designer from using the title "licensed interior designer" or "registered interior designer."
-Crossbow Hunting: Allows all hunters, not just disabled hunters, to use crossbows during bow hunting season. Crossbows already were allowed during open hunting season.
-Military Kids: Makes it easier for children of transferring military members to enroll in new schools by allowing Texas to join an interstate compact on educational opportunities for military children.
-University Expansion: Allows for the expansion of Texas A&M University-Central Texas, Texas A&M University-San Antonio and University of North Texas at Dallas campuses as stand-alone institutions; removes barriers to the use of tuition revenue bonds for expansion.
PASSED, BECOMING LAW WITHOUT GOVERNOR'S SIGNATURE
-Booster Seats: Requires that children under age 8 be secured in a booster seat when riding in a passenger vehicle. Raises the current age limit from 4.
PASSED, HEADING TO TEXAS VOTERS
-Eminent Domain: Allows Texas voters to decide whether to amend the state constitution to place some limits on when governments can take private property.
PASSED, AWAITING ACTION BY GOVERNOR
Highlights from the 2009 Texas Legislative Session
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