SAN ANTONIO -- Voters overwhelmingly approved two new laws which went into effect at midnight on Jan. 1, 2014.
In the November election, voters approved propositions one and four, which give tax breaks to veterans and their spouses.
One constitutional amendment exempts the spouses of service personnel killed in action from paying some, or all, of the taxes on their homestead -- provided they haven't remarried. The other allows exempts on some, or all, of the tax on homes donated to veterans with service-related disabilities.
The other law places a sales tax on mixed drinks that is the same rate placed on beer and wine.
Before the new year, a restaurant or bar paid a straight 14 percent tax to the Texas Alcohol Beverage Commission. That rate has been dropped to 6.7 percent, and now customers will pay sales tax on their drinks.
Other laws which are now on the books provide protection to apartment dwellers.
One of the new laws states that if your lease agreement includes all utilities paid with your rent, then the landlord must provide advance warning if a utility is going to be disconnected.
Now, a protection exists for victims of domestic violence who live in apartments. It states that these individuals will be allowed to break their lease agreement if their safety is at risk.
In all, there are hundreds of news laws in 2014. You can find a link to them here.