Average Texan Could Face Myriad of Changes

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

AUSTIN -- Strip clubs, steroids, dogs, guns and God.

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 classwork or on the playground won't be punished or penalized.

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