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September 1, 2013

New traffic, criminal laws take effect today

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• HB 1284 increases the penalty for the offense of initiating, communicating or circulating a false report of an emergency (such as a bomb threat) involving an institution of higher education from a Class A misdemeanor to a state jail felony. This bill took immediate effect after it was signed into law.

• HB 2637 provides that an individual fraudulently using identifying information to avoid registering as a sex offender to be punished at the next highest-degree felony.

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