Two important civil rights I treasure in Texas:
1. Manners and civility from Police.
Many will naysay it. But I've been pulled over in dozens of states. In Georgia, a policeman reached in and PULLED me out of my vehicle without so
much as a $&-YOU! Same in Massachussetts.
In Texas, here's what you get on a speeding stop: "My name is officer so & so of the XYZ department, and the reason I've pulled you over is because
____________. May I please see your license and registration....
The reason for that is partly a raft of lawsuits after the popo were acting like total fascists. The other reason is that it is legal to carry a
concealed handgun in your vehicle WITHOUT a permit if you are going more than 2 counties from your home, and it is secured in the glove box or out of
plain view and easy reach. (check first, I'm not a lawyer). That, and 1 in ten cars HAS a gun, regardless of laws.
Reason number 2:
Texas is a debtor's haven.
If you own your house and declare it a homestead, it can never be seized from your except for non-payment of taxes. Any judgment against you for debt
or liability or anything cannot touch your home. Even if you don't own a home, your personal effects cannot be seized, up to the value of $60,000 and
two vehicles (if you own them outright).
I have a friend in PA who owed ~$30,000 in a judgment. The creditor seized his $200,000 home and auctioned it off at a huge loss, to get their 30k.
They cut him a check for another $50k, and he had to find someplace else to live. He did--in TX.
The homestead law cuts your property tax in half, so that humans owning a home is always cheaper than a corporation owning the same property. And it
isn't just the home itself, the homestead act was written before the civil war, and sounds like it. You get to keep your house, any buildings around
it, and up to 5 acres in the city or 100 acres in the country, plus 50 chickens, 20 horses, 100 cows and like 25 mules. Note--- the bank can get your
pigs. Something to remember.
But realistically, it is important because if someone falls on your front sidewalk, they cannot sue you and take your house.
edit on 1-6-2013
by tovenar because: Blue Bell, That's what I like about Tex-as