TxDMV Announces Redesign of Temporary Tags to Prevent Fraud

Texas Department of Motor Vehicles (TxDMV) Texas Temporary Tag Administration: Since the end of the 87th Legislative Session, the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles (TxDMV) has taken action to curtail and prevent the fraudulent production of, access to, and use of temporary tags and timed permits. Implementation of House Bill 3927 allowed the department to…

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FTC Extends Deadline by Six Months for Compliance with Some Changes to Financial Data Security Rule

Financial institutions covered by the Safeguards Rule must comply with certain provisions by June 9, 2023 The Federal Trade Commission announced on November 15, 2022 that it is extending by six months the deadline for companies to comply with some of the changes the agency implemented to strengthen the data security safeguards financial institutions must…

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Data Breach? Report it.

Texas law requires certain businesses that experience a data breach of system security to notify affected consumers AND also to provide notice of that data breach to the Office of the Texas Attorney General if the breach affects 250 or more Texans. Effective September 1, 2021, the notice you provide to the Texas Attorney General…

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FTC Safeguards Rule: What Your Business Needs to Know

From the Federal Trade Commission… As the name suggests, the purpose of the Federal Trade Commission’s Standards for Safeguarding Customer Information – the Safeguards Rule, for short – is to ensure that entities covered by the Rule maintain safeguards to protect the security of customer information. The Safeguards Rule took effect in 2003, but after public comment, the…

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Fingerprinting Requirement For GDN & Franchised Dealer License Applicants Coming Soon

From Monique Johnston – Director, Motor Vehicle Division… At the June 30, 2022 meeting, the Board of the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles adopted rules requiring certain new applicants and existing dealer license holders to be fingerprinted (43 Tex. Admin. Code § 211.6). Applications submitted on or after September 1, 2022, will be subject to…

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A Note from TMDA Treasurer Trey Sralla

It’s very easy to get caught up in national politics and what the Republicans and Democrats are saying about each other. Networks like Fox News, MSNBC and CNN have made a FORTUNE over the years feeding the public the mud that is constantly being slung in either direction. The fact of the matter is, no matter…

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2022 Texas Primary Elections Review by Royce Poinsett

The theme of the March 1 Texas primary election results was “No Big Surprises.” And many of the questions posed in our February preview (see below) have been answered. But there are many races that remain to be decided in the Tuesday, May 24 primary runoffs. The 2022 Texas primary turnout was higher than the…

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Overview of the 2021 Texas Legislative Session by Royce Poinsett

The 2021 Texas legislature furnished enough compelling storylines for several sessions. Among other endeavors, legislators convened warily during a pandemic, responded to a historic winter storm that overwhelmed the state’s electrical grid and balanced a strained state budget with the help of billions of dollars in just-in-time federal relief. But the main narrative of the…

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