Five-Month Session Means Some Changes For Average Texans

(May 29, 2007)--The 140-day legislative session is over and that means changes for the average Joe in Texas: more religion at school, more drug testing of high school students and a five dollar pop in the wallet to get into a strip club.

And that's just the start of it.

Boisterous bachelor parties take note: the "sin tax" on strip club entry fees will go to a sexual assault prevention fund.

Texas' wild west reputation got a boost with the "Castle Doctrine," allowing more legal rights to shoot to kill if someone breaks into your home, car or business.

It was the first bill Perry signed into law.

The state will now help evacuate, transport and shelter pets during a disaster, such as a hurricane. Dog owners, however, could face up to 20 years in prison if their animal attacks and kills someone.

High school athletes face mandatory random steroid testing starting in the fall.

Students reciting the Texas pledge of allegiance will note the state is not only indivisible, but "under God" as well.

High schools will be able to offer elective Bible courses.

And students who express their religious faith in their class work or on the playground won't be punished or penalized.

State Capitol Links

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Central Texas State Senators

Sen. Kip Averitt, R-McGregor
(State Sen. District 22 includes: Bosque*, Coryell*, Ellis, Falls*, Hill*, Hood, Johnson, McLennan*, Navarro, Somervell Counties)
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Sen. Troy Fraser, R-Horseshoe Bay
(State Sen. District 24 includes: Bell*, Blanco, Brown, Burnet, Callahan, Coleman, Comanche, Eastland, Erath, Gillespie, Hamilton*, Kerr, Kimble, Lampasas*, Llano, McCulloch*, Mason, Menard, Mills*, San Saba*, Taylor Counties)
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Sen. Steve Odgen, R-Bryan
(State Sen. District 5 includes: Brazos, Burleson, Freestone*, Grimes, Houston, Lee, Leon*, Limestone*, Madison, Milam*, Robertson, Trinity, Walker, Williamson Counties)
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Central Texas State Representatives

Rep. Byron Cook, R-Corsicana
(State Rep. District 8 includes: Anderson, Freestone*, Limestone*, Navarro Counties)
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State Rep. Jim Pitts, R-Waxahachie
(State Rep. District 10 includes: Hill*, Ellis Counties)
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State Rep. Dan Gattis, R-Georgetown
(State Rep. District 20 includes: Milam*, Williamson-part, Counties)
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State Rep. Harvey Hilderbran, R-Kerrville
(State Rep. District 53 includes: Callahan, Coleman, Concho, Crockett, Kerr, Kimble, Llano, McCulloch*, Mason, Menard, Real, Runnels, San Saba*, Schleicher, Sutton Counties)
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Rep. Jimmie Don Aycock, R-Killeen
(State Rep. District 54 includes: Bell-part*, Burnet, Lampasas* Counties)
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Rep. Dianne White Delisi, R-Temple
(State Rep. District 55 includes: Bell-part County)
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Rep. Charles Anderson, R-Waco
(State Rep. District 56 includes: McLennan-part County)
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Rep. Jim Dunnam, D-Waco
(State Rep. District 57 includes: Falls*, Leon*, McLennan-part*, Madison, Robertson Counties)
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Rep. Rob Orr, R-Burleson
(State Rep. District 58 includes: Bosque*, Johnson Counties)
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