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The Fingerprint Requirement... Where does it end ?

The State of Texas has recently put into force the requirement that all Real Estate Licenses being renewed after January 1, 2008, be accompanied by the agent getting fingerprinted.

I must strongly protest this requirement.  How about taking blood samples ?  How about DNA samples ?  This is an intrusion... a personal invasion of my privacy.  I very much resent it.

There are some who would say "if you have nothing to hide, then what's the problem ?"  It has nothing to do with having anything to hide !  But it has everything to do with Big Government getting involved in our personal lives... one more time.

Please do not jump the gun here and think I am some sort of extremist.  I am just a nice Catholic girl from Cleveland trying to make it in the bright lights and city life of Fort Worth, Texas.  Sometimes I vote for Democrats, sometimes I vote for Republicans.  It the upcoming elections... I seem to favor Senator Joe Biden on the Democratic side, and Governor Mike Huckabee on the Republican side.

I only share this information with you to show I consider myself to be of a "main stream" political mind-set.  But... and here's the but you probably knew was coming.  The governor of Texas is a conservative Republican... Governor Rick Perry.  I thought Republicans were for less government, not more !

A very wise man... Benjamin Franklin... once said:  "The man or woman who trades freedom for security does not deserve nor will he ever get either."

How can anyone argue with a statement like his ?

Comment balloon 53 commentsKaren Anne Stone • December 19 2007 05:12PM

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Florida requires fingerprints. I never thought of it as intrusion.
Posted by Ron Parise (LocateHomes.com) almost 10 years ago

Hi Ron:  It might be a Texas thing.  Texans are often quite an independent breed.  Texas was once it's own country, and there are many Texans who think it still should be... LOL.  Thanks for commenting...

Also, this post was meant to stimulate a good conversation about the topic.  By the way... as you probably could guess... I am not in favor of the mis-named Patriot Act, either.  Thanks again...

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) almost 10 years ago

You like Joe, I knew I liked you Karen!  :-)

I agree, but before you know it, I have a feeling we will be fingerprinted for everything. And every company will be doing it. 

Posted by Carole Cohen, Realtor, ePRO (Howard Hanna Cleveland City Office) almost 10 years ago
Hi Carole:  If I were to feel comfortable about any one of them taking over the reins of our country, and knowing he or she would be extremely wel-prepared... it would be Senator Biden.  He had a slow start, but in many later debates I think he really showed he very much knows what he is talking about.  Carole, thanks for commenting...   Go Browns !  They truly have the world's best field goal kicker... doncha think ?
Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) almost 10 years ago

Wow Karen you are still a Brown's fan cool.  The papers all write about how good he is so I guess you are correct! Yes I agree about The Senator.  Not that he ever responded to me but I have been sending him emails for oh, three years now? Not enough to be on a stalker list but..... lol   i was very happy when he got in the race.

I hope things are well for you in Texas!

Posted by Carole Cohen, Realtor, ePRO (Howard Hanna Cleveland City Office) almost 10 years ago
Carol:  Yes, it's the old "you can take the girl out of Cleveland, but you can't take Cleveland out of the girl" routine.  Take care...
Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) almost 10 years ago

Karen,  I agree with you.  I resent this intrusion into our lives.  Where does it stop?  Maybe all home sellers should get fingerprints also to make sure we are safe walking into their homes!

Posted by Linda Box Taylor, Your Plano, TX Realtor (Castle Connections Realty) almost 10 years ago
Thank you Linda:  I was a tad afraid I was walking into a firestorm for a minute with the point I was making.  That was my point.  Where does it stop ?  And, because you agreed with me... thanks so much for your "highly intelligent" comment.  LOL.   Take care.
Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) almost 10 years ago
Karen Anne,  A lot of things these days seem to go to the extreme.  I wish I knew where it stopped or at least what we could do about it!
Posted by Roberta LaRocca, REALTOR®, Broker, Salesperson, Property Management (Simply Vegas Real Estate) almost 10 years ago
Hi Roberta:  I think the last eight years has resulted in so many people being on edge.  The Republicans are so afraid they are going to lose control, and the Democrats are so afraid the Republicans will get another four years... that everyone is just at their own personal edge.  I just pray that some sanity comes back after the election next year.  Eight years of insanity is enough.  Thanks for commenting... take care...
Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) almost 10 years ago

The way it was explained to me is that merely asking licensee's if they have been convicted of a felony wasn't enough and that they are specifically looking for fraud convictions.  Someone that has committed fraud probably should not be involved in real estate transactions and the idea that they might be honest about it is a stretch when it comes time for renewal. 

When I attended the TREC legal update class a few weeks ago, they announced it but TREC had yet to decide where we needed to go for prints and how they would be submitted to the Commission.  (They just figured it out in the last 2 weeks.)  There were a couple of people in that class of approximately 30 that were clearly concerned about it. I don't think privacy issues were on their minds based on the types of questions being asked. 

Posted by Amanda Evans, Real Estate Broker - Fort Worth Texas (DFW Living) almost 10 years ago
Amanda:  I still stick by my opinion.  I do not want this government intrusion.  As I said... the policy that less government is better is what most Republicans adhere to.  As I said above, I put this fingerprint intrusion in the same boat as the so-called Patriot Act.  And that "boat"... needs to be sunk !  Thanks for sharing your comments.
Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) almost 10 years ago

Karen Anne, as you know, I'm with you on this one.  And I'm going to put here what you read from me elsewhere, because as far as I'm concerned, the gentleman has put it perfectly and I can't improve on it (though it seems to go whooshing over the heads of some, perhaps those he's speaking of?):  

"The man who trades freedom for security does not deserve nor will he ever receive either."
Benjamin Franklin 

That sound you hear?  It's the founding fathers spinning in their graves at what wimps we've turned out to be, clutching at the concept of "security" as if it were the Holy Grail to which all else must be sacrificed.  As if we could even actually assure it, for that matter, no matter what else we give up in the quest.  

Yeah, I feel strongly about this, and I don't have anything to hide. 

Posted by Tricia Jumonville, Texas REALTOR , Agent With Horse Sense (Bradfield Properties) almost 10 years ago

Hi Tricia:  That was very eloquently stated.  I really appreciate how strongly you feel about this... as do I.  I know that one of your real estate specialties is horse properties, so it figures that with your interest in horses... you also have a "stable" mind. 

I heard someone on cable tonight say... that "when Fascism arrives in this country... it will be wrapped in the flag, and wearing a cross."  I thought that said it quite well.  Tricia... thanks so much for your comment.

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) almost 10 years ago
Karen - I agree with your analysis of this requirement and I think the majority of the people in NH would agree also as our state motto is "Live Free or Die".
Posted by Judy Tuscano, NH Real Estate Professional (Prudential Verani Realty) almost 10 years ago

Hi Judy:  It sounds like when I left Cleveland, Ohio and went south to Fort Worth, I should have gone North East to New Hampshire.  Live Free or Die... a great state motto.  Actually, it is more like a creed than a motto.  Thanks for your comment.

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) almost 10 years ago
Ohhhh I like that alot I knew I liked Ben Franklin
Posted by Carole Cohen, Realtor, ePRO (Howard Hanna Cleveland City Office) almost 10 years ago

Good post Karen Anne,   Actually all this fingerprinting has nothing to do with real estate or Nursing or any other profession that has a state license.  All the licensees of any state are being fingerprinted.  It has EVerything to do with the Patriot act.  Which I might add has NOTHING to do with patriotism.  It actually is an abbreviation for the act that was signed into law so quickly and disguised with the word Patriot so no good honorable American would question it.

Patriotism is questioning anything that goes against our freedoms that our soldiers have died to preserve.

If Americans do not begin to stand and fight for these FREEDOMS, they will be taken from us just like Ben Franklin said.

Posted by Ricki Eichler McCallum, Broker,GRI,ABR, - Your Coastal Bend Home Source (CastNet Realty) almost 10 years ago
Hi Carole:  I like Ben Franklin, too.  Did you know that Ben Franklin and Joe Biden went to different schools together ?  Yes, the Honorable Mr Franklin was a brilliant man... willing to stand up to just about anyone to preserve our national freedoms.  Thanks for commenting, Carole.
Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) almost 10 years ago
Hi Ricki:  The so-called Patriot Act is not very patriotic at all.  And as you said, a patriot questions anything that infringes upon our freedoms.  The Patriot act is intended to stifle any disagreement with the Bush/Cheney war policy... branding anti-war behavior as traitorous.  What nonsense.  This fingerprint requirement is one more intrusion on our right to privacy.  A good rigorous background check should be sufficient to track down those convicted of fraud and felonies.  If the background check is not sufficient, fix it and make it work, don't invade the right to privacy.  One thing we do not need is more government.  It's funny, but that is what Republicans have said they stand for... and here they are trying to implement more governmental intrusion.  Thanks for your comments, Ricki.  Take care...
Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) almost 10 years ago

Karen Anne -- Why do they want fingerprints?  You can dig up someone's felony record (if they have one) without fingerprints.  Are they afraid agents will get sticky fingers at open houses and swipe things?

I wonder what Molly Ivins would say about this.  She's written some great satirical pieces about the way things are sometimes done in Texas.

Posted by Eric Kodner, Wayzata Lakes Realty: Twin Cities, Madeline Island (Wayzata Lakes Realty: Eric Kodner Sells Twin Cities Homes) almost 10 years ago

Hi Eric:  It is just one more intrusion by our "government."  And, if Molly Ivins were still with us, she would not approve, I am sure.  Molly was such a great asset to Texas... in my sometimes-not-so-humble opinion.  Molly passed away on September 22 of this year.  I just read that it was Ms Ivins who nicknamed President Bush... "shrub."  Take care...

  Syndicated columnist Molly Ivins dies - Politics- msnbc.com

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) almost 10 years ago
Karen Anne, yes I saw an Obit about Molly Ivins' death a couple of months ago (I should have used the past tense in referring to her).  She was a great satirist and humorist who wasn't afraid to take on the establishment.
Posted by Eric Kodner, Wayzata Lakes Realty: Twin Cities, Madeline Island (Wayzata Lakes Realty: Eric Kodner Sells Twin Cities Homes) almost 10 years ago
Eric:  Molly was way cool, and is sadly missed by people throughout Texas and the United States.  Hope you are keeping warm...
Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) almost 10 years ago

I could not agree with you more about government being less intrusive in our private lives. I am dismayed at all the legislation directed at what happens in our personal lives.

Regarding the Patriot Act, I have found an online petition that has been being circulated for well over a year now calling for the Immediate and Total Repeal of the USA/Patriot Act. Even if people are not inclined to sign the petition, it provides a perspective that the mainstream media either does not report or vaguely reports.

Posted by Rich Dansereau (Positive Real Estate Professionals) almost 10 years ago

Hi Rich:  I must agree with you.  If the goal of the state legislature is to assure that felons and those convicted of fraud are kept from acquiring real estate licenses, there are many other very effective methods of doing extremely thorough background checks. 

Finger-printing is not only unnecessary to do a thorough, effective background check, it is an invasive and intrusive assault on the right to privacy of the American citizen.  With the government's terrible track record with such things as the FISA court, and their track record of circumventing our legal protections, it should be obvious that this is a blatant disregard of our personal liberties.  As I said above... if this is allowed, what comes next ?  Rich... thanks for commenting.

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) almost 10 years ago

Rich and Karen Anne -- Maybe I'm paranoid, but with the current bunch in power in Washington, I can't help but wonder what happens to the names of those who sign the petition to repeal the Patriot Act. 

It wouldn't surprise me if those who signed the petition wind up in an FBI (or DIA/CIA) database.  Their justification would likely be that opposition is "subversive" or "contrary to the national interest" or whatever.

Posted by Eric Kodner, Wayzata Lakes Realty: Twin Cities, Madeline Island (Wayzata Lakes Realty: Eric Kodner Sells Twin Cities Homes) almost 10 years ago

Karen - You would only be considered an 'extremist' if you thought that Texas should require real estate sales people to at least hold a high-school diploma or its equivalent.  Larry Wright wrote a wonderful little blog called "I are A REALTOR" which made some great suggestions about how our regulating officials could actually benefit the industry rather than just collect fingerprints.

Posted by Michael J. O'Connor, Eastvale - 951-847-4883 (Diamond Ridge Realty) almost 10 years ago

The State of Oregon had the same requirements and it bothered me a little also, but what they told me was that they take our finger prints, run them against the criminal resistor and then destroy them. So if I do something in the future and leave finger prints, they won't be able to track my by my real estate license. But, they want to make sure before I get my license that I didn't already do something. Have you checked to see if they are doing something similar in your state or are they planning to keep them on file? If they are then I'm with you!

Posted by The Friendly Home Team, Brokers - Oregon / SW Washington Real Estate (Realty Pro Oregon, LLC) almost 10 years ago
Hi Eric:  I pretty much agree with you Eric,  With those now in Washington, I would be very wary about just about anything.  Yeah, there's nothing quite as unAmerican as standing up for your rights !
Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) almost 10 years ago
Hi Michael:  I have said the following for years and years.  It takes me 210 classroom hours to qualify for selling someone's home, but 1500 classroom hours to qualify to color their hair.  That is simply crazy.  A bad haircut, though a very serious thing for us girls, will eventually grow back.  A screwed-up home sale just doesn't want to grow back like that.  Go figure !
Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) almost 10 years ago
Hi Todd:  You know, Todd, I am not sure about what you suggest.  That would be a great idea if it just checks for past issues, and then the info is destroyed.  But, my question is, would you "trust" them to do that ?  I somehow do not find myself blessed with that much trust.  But, it is worth checking out.  Thanks for sharing your idea.  Take care, and thanks for all thos great lighting display pictures in your blog posts.
Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) almost 10 years ago
Karen, I understand your frustration but you also have to realize just because you are a good person that might not be the case for many other people. In Florida the reason for finger prints so they can do a background check on you.  I also understand your dislike of the Patriot act but you have to understand many of these people where washing money. I do think they cross the line a lot and use the word "Patriot Act" all to often. But hey we have a Texan in Office and isn't he do a real bang up job?..lol
Posted by Matthew J Blum - (retired from the business) almost 10 years ago

"There are some bad people, therefore we must all give up our basic liberties so we'll be safe!"

"There are some bad people, therefore we must all go straight to a facility after work and check in so we'll be safe!" 

I somehow don't think we're all defining the word "safe" in the same way.  Go up and read what Ben Franklin said about this very issue and think about whether it applies to you when defending these kinds of things.  I suspect that's why he said it, so that people would think about what it means as applied to themselves.  

 

Posted by Tricia Jumonville, Texas REALTOR , Agent With Horse Sense (Bradfield Properties) almost 10 years ago
Karen Anne and Eric, I never thought about being "black bagged" as they described it in V for Vendetta Maybe I should get a microchip so my loved ones can find me...wait a minute...if I get a microchip then anyone can find me. If I'm on a list, at least it will be me and all my subversive actions that put me there...wait a minute...I signed a petition, excersized my Rights, I didn't sign up for a list...Jeez! When wil it end! Soylent Green is people! I'm getting my ray gun and tin foil helmut now!
Posted by Rich Dansereau (Positive Real Estate Professionals) almost 10 years ago

Hi Matthew:  Yes, we do have a "Texan" in office who is doing an "unbelievable" job.  That word covers all possibilities, doesn't it ?  I understand what you are saying as far as trying to control money-laundering in Florida.  But, with the current administration's track record on both respecting our present freedoms, and in breaking current FISA law, I simply do not trust them to apply even newer invasive techniques... like fingerprinting.  How could they possibly be expect to be trusted. 

The administraton's record encourages and deserves mistrust... rather than confidence.  They cannot have it both ways, but they continue to work both sides of the law regardless.  Matthew, I understand the money-laundering problem, and I wish I had a better answer for it.  Thanks so much for sharing.  Take care...

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) almost 10 years ago
Hi Tricia:  Yes, we surely would be the "safest" if every day we reported to some sort of "control center" so that our entire environment was "controlled" for us to assure our "safety."  Hmmm... hasn't that approach been tried before ?  It sounds like something straight out of Animal Farm and 1984.  Ah, I remember now.  "All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others."  George Orwell could really see it coming, couldn't he ?  Tricia, thanks for sharing.
Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) almost 10 years ago

Hi Rich:  Ah yes, the right to bear ray guns.  And the right to free speech.  I guess that goes along with my Orwellian quote above in my comment to Tricia.  We all have the right to free speech, but some of us are free-er than others.  It's just another one of those things that make us go "hmmmm."  Rich, thanks for sharing.

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) almost 10 years ago
Karen here in California we have to submit to a 'LIVE SCAN' it is a background check by the state and the Department of Justice, We have to submit to fingerprinting and disclosures of any misdemeanor or felony charges without convictions and conviction. It is just the day and times we are living in.
Posted by Dionne Morgan, Broker REALTOR ,GRI, e-PRO (Realty World Solano Realty) almost 10 years ago
Dionne:  I did not know that.  As you say, it is just the day and times we are living in.  So, the more freedoms we give up... the safer we will be.  I refuse to accept that result.  Safe... that is open to debate.  Free... not at all.  Life in a cage is not free.
Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) almost 10 years ago

And why is it "just the day and times we are living in"?  Because people said, "Oh, that's just the way it is," and didn't protest.  

Karen, I agree, we would be "safest" and "most secure" under the circumstances you outline.  Free?  Not hardly. 

 

 

Posted by Tricia Jumonville, Texas REALTOR , Agent With Horse Sense (Bradfield Properties) almost 10 years ago
Hi Tricia:  I am lucky that I have never been cursed with that much passivity to say "Oh, that's just the way it is."  I know there are many who would love us to get to that point where we just resign ourselves to being controlled, but not this girl.  It all gets back to Benjamin Franklin.  Those who attempt to trade freedom for safety never get either.  Trading freedom for safety does not make one safe.  It results in the ultimate in vulnerability... because you are completely controlled.  I vote no.
Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) almost 10 years ago

Just think, Karen, if old Ben and the rest of the Founding Fathers (and those who joined them) had had that attitude - we'd be singing God Save The Queen instead of the Star Spangled Banner.  

 

Posted by Tricia Jumonville, Texas REALTOR , Agent With Horse Sense (Bradfield Properties) almost 10 years ago

Tricia:  Hmmm... The Queen on one hand, George Bush on the other, The Queen, George Bush.  What a choice.  Maybe come January 2009 we won't have to worry about making that choice any longer. <g>

By the way, the Founding Mothers didn't like trading freedom for "safety" either.

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) almost 10 years ago

Karen Anne, I saw this article on CNN and thought of you and this post of yours and thought you'd find it . . . well, let's just say "interesting", shall we?

 

 

Posted by Tricia Jumonville, Texas REALTOR , Agent With Horse Sense (Bradfield Properties) almost 10 years ago
Hi Tricia:  Thank you for the link to the CNN article.  What a scary thing for our own country to be doing to US.  They want to build a massive database on US.  Privacy be damned !  Where do these people come up with these ideas ?  Oh yeah... from George Orwell when he wrote 1984.  We have met the enemy... and it is US.  Well... perhaps help is on the way.  I don't think either Barack or Hillary will stand for that !  Thanks so much for the link.  Take care...
Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) almost 10 years ago

Karen:

I agree with you and am equally frustrated at things like this. It won't be long before the State politicians will just pee on us to mark us as their territory. Ha.

Posted by Alan Kirkpatrick, Alan in Austin (Austin Texas Homes) almost 10 years ago
Hi Alan:  Ya know what it means if they pee on you... doncha ?   "Urine" trouble !  I didn't vote for Bush, or Cheney, or Perry.  Perhaps help is on the way... someone who will be looking out for our freedoms rather than infringing on them.  Thanks for you comment.  Take care...
Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) almost 10 years ago

Very interesting subject Karen, I wasn't aware that real estate agents are required to provide fingerprints in any state.  It wouldn't have even occurred to me.  However, some real estate companies in our area require back ground checks on all of their agents.  I wouldn't be suprised to see North Carolina follow the trend and start requiring finger prints also. 

I take personal offense to this practice though, do they think we are all potential criminals?

Posted by Cheryl Powell - The Powell Team, Concord,Harrisburg & Charlotte NC Area Real Estate (RE/MAX Executive - The Powell Team) almost 10 years ago

Karen Anne: I find it rather sad that if one objects to this kind of governmental intrusion, the first line that is tossed out is "What do you have to hide?" Gee, I have nothing to hide. Maybe we should get fingerprints of people wanting to look at real estate. I mean, REALTORS aren't out there killing clients, but there are the occasional broker getting killed, robbed or raped on a showing. 

I am a certified relocation specialist with Coldwell Banker. I had to have a background check done. I was able to obtain the report. Good to see that I am indeed NOT on any watch list. I have no problem with this. I had a background check when I worked at a financial brokerage house in the 1980's. No biggie. 

Posted by Scott Smith, Gloucester & Rockport, Massachusetts (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) almost 10 years ago
One tip....even if you like the requirement or hate it, you still gotta do it..so do it EARLY! I tried to get my prints done in the month my license was set to expire and couldn't get them done in my city because they were booked for about a month. I had to go to a neighboring city that was a bit farther away. not a HUGE inconvenience, but just thought I'd share.
Posted by Kim Daugherty, d + b real estate, McKinney, TX REALTOR Broker/Own (www.RealFamilyRealEstate.com) almost 10 years ago

Karen, I am good friends with our TAR field rep and the Chair of the TAR PCS Committee and everyone at TAR was strongly in favor of this requirement.  I let them know that I wasn't a fan and they seemed surprised.  We have this law because of an agent in Houston was a sex offender in another state.  And when they did the criminal background check in Texas nothing came up because he was registered out of state.  This agent didn't go anything criminal in Texas but this is what got the ball rolling for fingerprints here.  

Also, from my understanding they take your fingerprints and run you through the system now.  But just because you have your fingerprints taken doesn't stop someone from during a criminal act in the future.  I think it gives a false sense of security.  It just weeds out those you have previous records.   Which is good but I'm not a criminal and shouldn't be treated like one!!!

As you know, this requirement makes me so mad but on Thursday I'll be having my privacy taken away from me. Oh, I mean my fingerprints taken.   

Posted by Linda Box Taylor, Your Plano, TX Realtor (Castle Connections Realty) almost 10 years ago

If I'd known about it in advance, I would have been telling TAR before the law was passed that I wanted them to lobby against it. 

And that's even though I had my fingerprints taken for a job application some 40 years ago.  It's the principle of the thing - that was a choice, for a law-abiding citizen, as it should be.  This is not.  

 

Posted by Tricia Jumonville, Texas REALTOR , Agent With Horse Sense (Bradfield Properties) almost 10 years ago

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