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Playing Hooky from School may no Longer be a Crime


A new bill passed both chambers of the Texas legislature on May 27 which would lessen punishment for students who play "hooky."

Punishments for unexcused absences would instead be entirely monetarized in the form of a $100 fine. The bill now awaits a signature from Governor Greg Abbott. Fiscal year 2014 saw almost 100,000 students in Texas receive misdemeanors for excessive unexcused absences.

The change was supported by Texas Supreme Court Chief Justice Nathan Hecht who pushed lawmakers at the beginning of the legislative session to act in the face of "a real problem with keeping kids in school."

If you have been cited for any misdemeanor or felony in the Dallas area, speak with Mathur Law Offices, P.C.