The year 2012 is here and brought in 20 new Texas laws you need to know about.
Whether you're military, a college student or someone looking to vote, one of these laws could bring some changes to your life.
In Abilene there are two Division III and one Division II universities, that's a lot of students who could be affected by a new Texas law that requires all college students under the age of 30 to show proof they've received the bacterial meningitis vaccine.
Originally only students who lived on campus had to have the vaccine.
Now, every newly enrolled, transfer or student who's taken a semester off must provide proof they've been vaccinated within the last five years no later than 10 days prior to the first day of the 2012 semester.
Another new Texas law will give a property tax brake to the spouses of some disabled veterans.
Texas already exempts veterans who are declared 100% disabled from service related accidents from paying property tax on their home.
This new law will now extend that break to their spouses if they happen to die.
For homeowners out there, you will now have the Homeowners Associations to back you up if your home is near foreclosure.
Homeowners that are working towards paying their HOA dues, late fees or payments will now have three to 18 months to correct these debts before the Homeowners Associations can pursue anything further.
Of all the 21 laws only one is on hold.
This law would require all voters to show a valid photo id in order to vote.
This controversial law is on hold until the Justice Department completes a review to make sure it doesn't violate minority voting rights under the Voting Rights Act.