A laundry list of new laws is set to take effect September 1. Among them, stiffer penalties for drivers involved in fatal hit-and-run accidents. The law was passed, in part, due to the a high-profile case involving a former staffer at the State Capitol.

In Friday’s Capital Tonight, we talked to Sen. Kirk Watson about the law’s intended effect.

REPORTER ROUNDTABLE

The governor of Texas is on the road again, and drawing fresh criticism from Missouri officials for his efforts to bring employers back to Texas. Scott Braddock from the Quorum Report, Corrie MacLaggan of The Texas Tribune and Ben Philpott of KUT’s “Agenda Texas” joined us to talk about that story and more.

DALLAS COUNTY PERSPECTIVE

A political leader from North Texas has made his presence felt in Austin on issues ranging from Voter ID to health insurance enrollment under the Affordable Care Act. We sat down with Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins to talk about his political involvement.