New laws taking effect in Texas in 2019

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BRYAN, Tex. (KBTX) - A new year means many new laws are taking effect around the country and here in Texas.

Texans will see new laws including how you get your car titles. The Department of Motor Vehicles will still issue original titles. But if a title is lost or destroyed, vehicle owners may obtain a Certified Copy of Title (CCO). The DMW tells KBTX newly issued CCO's will supersede any previously issued title or CCO.

"Whether it's the official title or certified title, I don't think it really matters as long as you know that you can prove that you do actually own that vehicle," said John Whittemore, a Bryan resident.

He and other residents KBTX talked to didn't know about the changes but are interested to know more.

Another new law also hopes to combat human trafficking. House Bill 29 requires sexually oriented businesses to post a notice in their bathrooms about human trafficking with a hotline number on how to get help with the National Human Trafficking Resource Center.

"As far as the human trafficking I think anything we can do to stop human trafficking is really a good idea so hopefully that will make an impact," said Whittemore.

"I think any extra measure to take to prevent human trafficking is important," said Joseph Anderson, a Bryan resident.

"And you can’t I guess overdo or overstate how many things you could do to help with that, so for sure," he added.

A new law also adds more courts around the state, as Texas' population soars.

"I'd just assume as the population grows that you would have more courts to accommodate the law breakers," said Anderson.

In September, Senate Bill 463 goes into effect, barring schools from using the TAKS test, which has been phased out.

There are also new requirements limiting lobbyists and increased financial reporting by candidates.

"I think it would be great if our candidates or the politicians could actually represent the people instead of representing businesses," said Whittemore.

"And I think unfortunately there's a lot of people that are getting a lot of money for making decisions that aren't benefiting the general population," he added.

"And it’s tough for politicians then that there's a lot of different viewpoints you know but the idea is to represent the people not represent businesses," said Whittemore.

New potential laws will be debated in the coming weeks. The first day of the state's 86th legislative session is Tuesday, January 8.