New Year Means New Laws

By: Sara Humphrey Email
By: Sara Humphrey Email

WACO (January 1, 2014) George's Restaurant and Bar in Waco was full of fans cheering on the Baylor Bears Wednesday evening but many of them were unaware their cocktails were costing them more money.

With the new year comes an 8.25% sales tax on liquor-based drinks.

Most Texas drinkers did not realize until Jan. 1, 2014, they were only paying tax on beer and wine.

"I don't buy a lot of liquor but if it is for a special occasion, I'm going to buy it anyways," Texas resident Mike Schraeder said.

The state introduced nearly 600 new laws in 2014.

If you are applying for a concealed handgun license, you are no longer required to give your social security number.

Also, class time instruction hours have been cut down.

For those hoping to keep their summer glow year round, you must now be 18 to use a tanning bed.

People wanting state unemployment benefits must now take a drug test.

"We have come to a point where we are being over-regulated and the government is playing too much of a role in our daily lives," Texas resident Brian Mitchell said.

There is good news for people renting apartments.

Tenants living in an "all bills paid" complex must now be given a fair notice before their utilities are cut off because their landlord failed to pay the bill.

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