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Page 4A Hays Free Press September 6, 2017 New Laws: Take effect Sept. 1 Continued from pg. 1A crafted House Bill 4, a harm or to cause suicide. Child Protective Services The lawwould also reform bill that provided allow people to acquire extra funding to relatives temporary restraining or caregivers fostering orders against accounts children based on their used to harass or bully family income, children. The law ~ make it The state also created easier for relatives and a grace period for parents to pay existing balances on school lunch for their children. The law allows students to continue eating hot lunches before they are "lunch shamed" by being given cold sandwiches. Senate Bill 968 and 1-800-460-0606 www.DefectiveDrugsLaw corn caregivers to be able to look after foster children as the state faces a CPS crisis. Other laws focused on the safety and welfare of children were passed One of those is David's Law, which makes it a Class A See a full list of action regarding alcohol use if they are victims or witnesses of incidents involving sexual harassment, sexual assault, dating violence or stalking. "mi~meanor to harassSenate Bill 969, both so~.~e/~nder the age of authored by State Senator 1~ text messages, KirkWatson (D-Austin), socizittnedia, websites or aim to increase reporting other electronic venues of sexual assault on with the interit to cause college campuses. SB , :7: . new laws online at HaysFreePress.com 968 requi~es.universities to include an online reporting option for anyone who wants to anonymously report sexual harassment, sexual assault, dating violence or stalking, or feels too intimidated to address their concerns to an administrator in person SB 969 protects students from disciplinary House Bill 4102 also seeks to help survivors of sexual assault. Although it is not specific to college campuses, this new law, authored by State Rep. Victoria Neave (D-Dallas) creates an opportunity for people to donate money for rape kit testing while renewing their driver's licenses or registering their "/,ehicles. The state has a backlog of 19,000 untested rape kits from before 2011. Gas Shortage: Rumors cause panic Continued from pg. 1A mission of Texas, which regulates gas and oil in the state, said 15 fuel re- fineries in the Gulf Coast area were taken down, or are operating at a reduced capacity, due to Harvey. As a result of taking down refineries, Sitton said in the interview the state has seen a slight decrease in production. However, he said there is no shortage, as there are more than 100 million barrels of gas stored in the IJ.S. Distributing the gaso- line is where the problem lies, as gasoline is trans- ported via 18-wheeler trucks to gas stations across the state. Those trucks obtain gas at distribution termi- nals, which receive the fuel from refineries via pipeline or train. Sitton said two pipelines were shut down due to the hurricane. But rumors of potential shortages have circulated through social media and stoked panic across the state. From Dallas to San PHOTO BY RAFAEL MARQUEZ Lines at gas pumps throughout Hays County reached new lengths this week as rumors of a statewide gasoline shortage spread after Hurricane Harvey caused extreme damage to the coastal region. Antonio and even in Hays stations is dependent on attorney general, also is- County, residents have the supply network the sued a warning to Texas rushed out to gas stations station is under. He said gas stations Thursday to purchase gas, leading some gas stations could after more than 500 to frustration on the part possibly take a few days complaints of price of both .officials and other before they are refilled, gouging were made. consumers. "As pipelines get back According to a release, Sitton said residents in shape, people willmany of the price goug- should avoid rushing realize this isn't as big an ing complaints stemmed to gas stations to fill up issue as it is today," Sit- from the Dallas area, and should only obtain ton said. "I feel this issue where gas stations were gas if necessary. He said is going to stem." reportedly charging $6 to resupplying specific gas Ken Paxton, Texas $8 per gallon. EXPERIENCE COUNTS Lawyers with more than !00years combined expertise. If you had a Stryker Rejuvenate Ryan A. Krebs, M.D., J.D. or Stryker ABG II hip implant Doctor-Lawyer in Full-time Law Practice removed and replaced before Rid~dADodd, LC Dec. 19, 2016, you should contact Timothy R. Cappolino, I~. us today. You must be enrolled BoardCemfiedPe"n~JlniurYTnalLawandCivilTrial Law b~ the q~=a~ Boa,d of I~g~l Sp~dali~ti,,~ to be part of this settlement so NOrEEmREW.STWS~T yOU must take action now or O~.,CES,N"OUSTON~O~ROE. TEMPLE~OAUS~. PRINCIP/~L OFFICE IN CAi~ERON miss out on getting financial compensation. Call us today for professional insight. ![: % The Northeasi Hays County ESD #2 conducted public hearings on August 24, 2017 and August 31,2017 on a proposal to in- crease the total tax revenues of the Northeast Hays County ESD #2 from properties on the tax roll in the preceding year by 4.38 percent. The total tax revenue proposed to be raised last year at last year's tax rate of $0.0500 for each $100 of taxable value was $1,536,598. The total tax revenue proposed to be raised this year at the proposed tax rate of $0.0500 for each $100 of taxable value, ex- cluding tax revenue to be raised from new property added to the tax roll this year, is $1,602,343. The total tax revenue proposed to be raised this year at the proposed tax rate of $0.0500 for each $100 of taxable value, in- cluding tax revenue to be raised from new property added to the tax roll this year, is $1,694,659. The Commissioners of Northeast Hays County ESD #2 is scheduled to vote on the tax rate that will result in that tax in- crease at a public meeting to be held on September 12, 2017 at Buda Fire Department Main Station, 209 FM 2770, Buda, TX 78610 at 7:00 PM. The Commissioners of Northeast Hays County ESD #2 pro- poses to use the increase in total tax revenue for the purpose of improving services to the community, upgrading and maintaining emergency medical services, attract, hire and retain qualified personnel. The Hays County ESD #5 conducted public hearings on August 23, 2017 and August 30, 2017 on a proposal to increase the total tax revenues of the Hays County ESD #5 from properties on the tax roll in the preceding year by 4.93 percent. The total tax revenue proposed to be raised last year at last year's tax rate of $0.1000 for each $100 of taxable value was $2,833,180. The total tax revenue proposed to be raised this. year at the proposed tax rate of $0.1000 for each $100 of taxable value, excluding tax revenue to be raised from new .property added to the tax roll this year, is $2,968,324. The total tax revenue proposed to be raised this year at the proposed tax rate of $0.1000 for each $100 of taxable value, including tax revenue to be raised from new property added to the tax roll this year, is $3,102,807. The Commissioners of Hays County ESD #5 is scheduled to vote on the tax rate that will result in that tax increase at a public meeting to be held on September 13, 2017 at Kyle Fire Station No. 1,210 W. Moore St., Kyle, TX 78640 at 6:30 PM. The Commissioners of Hays County ESD #5 propose to use the increase in total tax revenue for the purpose of maintaining and improving fire protection and emergency services response for the community, including upgrades to equipment, additional substation location and staffing, and retention of highly qualified personnel. + q- I I i [!