STATE TEXAS PLUMBING BOARD/LAW abolished September 1, 2020/TX COM REG AND LICENSEING abolished September 1, 2021GOV STATE CODE/KS/JULY 27 2020MON
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Texas Abolishes the Plumbing License Law Unless further legislative action is taken, the Texas State Board of Plumbing Examiners may cease to exist in September 2020.July 2, 2019Ron GeorgeNo Commentspe07_george Recently, Texas lawmakers struck a blow against the health and safety of its citizens when they failed to renew the Texas State Board of Plumbing Examiners. In failing to renew the board, they also abolished the Plumbing License Law. This casualty came about because the Texas State Board of Plumbing Examiners is subject to the Texas Sunset Act. This failure to renew the plumbing board seems to be part of a political philosophy of “every man for himself” and the downsizing of government oversight. I have seen efforts by misguided politicians in the past, but this one takes the cake and it is very alarming. The board has been subject to the Texas Sunset Act since its beginning. Periodically, the board was subject to expiration. In 2011, its existence was extended until Sept. 1, 2019. Interestingly, the Texas Sunset Act allows the legislature to continue a state agency for a period not to exceed 12 years. There are many state agencies subject to the Sunset Act, and the Texas State Board of Plumbing Examiners is one of many subject to expiration on Sept. 1. However, it does not appear that the Electrical Safety and Licensing Advisory Board is subject to the Sunset Act, so there would still be licensing requirements for electricians. Under the legislation, a review of the public need for the continuation of a state agency begins years before the scheduled expiration. It culminates in the Sunset Advisory Commission making a recommendation to the legislature and governor on whether to continue a state agency. It is my understanding that the advisory commission recommended the elimination of the plumbing board and its functions transferred to the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR). However, the Texas legislature did not adopt this recommendation nor did it pass any other law renewing the Texas State Board of Plumbing Examiners. reply Submitted by Unregistered User on Sun, 07/26/2020 - 13:56 How Many Agencies Has the Texas Sunset Advisory Commission Abolished? Since the Sunset's process inception, the Texas legislature has abolished 85 agencies. Of these, 39 agencies were completely abolished and 46 were abolished with certain functions transferred to existing or newly created agencies. The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR) is an agency that has taken over regulation of certain programs and professions that previously had their own independent licensing boards. reply Submitted by Unregistered User on Sun, 07/26/2020 - 14:01 Tex. Occ. Code § 51.002 Download PDF Current with legislation from the 2019 Regular Session effective as of December 31, 2020 Section 51.002 - Application Of Sunset Act (a) The Texas Commission of Licensing and Regulation and the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation are subject to Chapter 325, Government Code (Texas Sunset Act). Unless continued in existence as provided by that chapter, the commission and the department are abolished September 1, 2021. (b) The review of the commission and department by the Sunset Advisory Commission under this section may not include a review of any program that was transferred to the department on or after September 1, 2016. Tex. Occ. Code § 51.002 Amended by Acts 2019, Texas Acts of the 86th Leg.- Regular Session, ch. 596,Sec. 1.03, eff. 6/10/2019. Amended by Acts 2017, Texas Acts of the 85th Leg. - Regular Session, ch. 282,Sec. 1, eff. 9/1/2017. Amended By Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., R.S., Ch. 1232, Sec. 4.05, eff. June 17, 2011. Amended by Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 816, Sec. 1.001, eff. Sept. 1, 2003. Acts 1999, 76th Leg., ch. 388, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1999.

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