I've never heard of people being ticketed for leaving the ball in their receiver. That is lame. I guess Texas is lenient on that. But at the same time, it is annoying when you pull into a parking space behind a truck that still has the ball in and you can't pull all the way in to your spot. I don't have a tow package (but I am thinking of getting one soon) but I would remove my ball when not in use and get one of those steps to keep in the receiver for easier bed access.