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New boating laws in Texas

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Amarillo, Texas - If you're headed to the lake for the holiday weekend, some brand new Texas boating laws may mean a few changes in your plans.

Anyone younger than 13 has to wear a life jacket, even on canoes kayaks or other paddle boat less than 26 feet long.

Everyone born after September 1, 1993 now has to take a boater safety course before operating a motorboat or personal boat.

Another new law bans boats from circling someone swimming or skiing. Texas Parks and Wildlife is also reminding you to be extra careful... This extreme drought means lake levels are very low, exposing island, stumps and sandy shoals that could potentially be very dangerous.