January first will bring more than just the new year...it will also bring the start of several new laws and programs in the Lone Star State.
Texas teachers will be required to be fingerprinted for criminal back checks. All certified teachers must be fingerprinted by September 1st, 2011.
Other school employees...such as janitors and cafeteria workers will be required complete the process at the time of their hire.
Also the department of Public Safety and state insurance officials will have a new tool to catch uninsured motorists in the new year.