Senator Ellis Press Release

For Immediate Release
August 31, 2011
Contact: Jeremy Warren, 512-463-0113

Hundreds of New Laws Effective 9/1/11

2012-13 budget, criminal justice and other reforms go on the books tomorrow

(Austin, Texas)—Hundreds of new laws impacting the everyday lives of Texas families, from the 2012-13 budget to changes to the TEXAS Grant program will go into effect on Thursday, September 1, 2011. Several key reforms championed by Senator Rodney Ellis (D-Houston) will also go into effect.

The key challenge of the 82nd legislative session was solving the $27 billion budget crisis. To fix this fiscal mess, funds for Texas schools, health care and seniors were slashed. Overall, the budget cut $18.3 billion from current state services, cut over $4 billion in state funding from Texas schools, cut $4.8 billion from Medicaid, slashed higher education by $1.5 billion and eliminated financial aid for over 43,000 students, including 29,000 students who will lose their TEXAS Grant. The impact from those cuts will be felt in full beginning September 1.

Many other key laws, from cracking down on human trafficking, to raising the speed limit to legislation reducing women's right to choose also go on the books tomorrow. For a complete list of those laws go to:

Several of Senator Ellis' top priorities go into effect tomorrow, including major criminal justice reforms, public health and disability awareness initiatives and more, such as:

"In this extremely difficult session, I am proud that several key reforms to improve the quality of life for Texas families and create a more safe and just Texas were signed into law," said Ellis.