31 Days, 31 Ways (2013)

Throughout August 2013, The Texas Tribune featured 31 ways Texans' lives would change come Sept. 1, the date many bills passed by the Legislature — including the budget — took effect.

Delcia Lopez

More Schools to Take Part in Breakfast Program

Public schools in which 80 percent or more of the students are eligible for a free or reduced-price meal must offer a free breakfast to all students starting this school year. This story is part of our 31 Days, 31 Ways series.

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Gabriel Cristóver Pérez

Minors Can No Longer Use Tanning Salons

This year, Texas joined several other states that ban minors from tanning indoors. Previously, certain minors — those between 16 ½ and 18 — could tan with parental consent. This story is part of our 31 Days, 31 Ways series.

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Callie Richmond

Job-Training Program Adjusts Amid Cuts

A grant program that focuses on training students in fields like high-tech manufacturing and computer support is undergoing funding cuts as a result of legislation passed during this year’s regular session. This story is part of our 31 Days, 31 Ways series.

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Illustration by Todd Wiseman

New Laws Alter Health Care Policies in Texas

Lawmakers approved measures in the 83rd legislative session that will affect Texans' medical care. Use this interactive to take a look at 31 ways those new laws will change Texas health policy. This is part of our 31 Days, 31 Ways series.

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Illustration by Caleb Bryant Miller / Micah Baldwin / Todd Wiseman

Some Worry New DNA Law Will Create Delays

Lawmakers this year approved a bill requiring DNA testing in death penalty cases. Some prosecutors worry more testing could simply delay a guilty defendant’s inevitable conviction. This story is part of our 31 Days, 31 Ways series.

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Todd Wiseman

More Hospitals to Collect Sexual Assault Evidence

All Texas hospitals with emergency rooms will soon be required to have staff trained in at least basic collection of forensic evidence from sexual assault victims. This story is part of our monthlong 31 Days, 31 Ways series.

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Brandon Thibodeaux

Boater Education Courses Target Invasive Species

One way that invasive aquatic species like the zebra mussel can spread across Texas waterways is via boats that aren't cleaned. New legislation requires boater education courses to address the importance of cleaning boats. This story is part of our monthlong 31 Days, 31 Ways series.

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Gabriel Cristóver Pérez

In an Accident, Drivers Have New Reasons to Stay

With new laws increasing the penalties for drivers involved in hit-and-run fatalities or those who fail to stop and render aid, advocates hope there is more incentive for drivers to stay at the scene of accidents. This story is part of our monthlong 31 Days, 31 Ways series.

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Todd Wiseman / Ralph Merry / SJ Sanders

Dental Board's Review Process Gets Makeover

After hearing critics take aim at the Texas State Board of Dental Examiners, legislators approved new regulations that they hope will improve the board's efficiency. This story is part of our monthlong 31 Days, 31 Ways series.

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Graphic by Rebecca Lai / Chris Chang

Proxy Marriage Limits End Inmate Weddings

A new constraint on proxy marriage in Texas — a measure intended to prevent fraud — will have a secondary effect: It will end prison inmates' ability to tie the knot. This story is part of our month-long 31 Days, 31 Ways series.

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Tamir Kalifa

Craft Breweries Seeing New Doors Open

Texas' craft brewers are facing the biggest legislative overhaul the industry has seen in 20 years. News laws are letting them expand sales of their products. This story is part of our monthlong 31 Days, 31 Ways series.

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