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Relating to clarifying and updating examination provisions for
hearing instrument fitters and dispensers.
No significant fiscal implication to the State is anticipated.
HB 2699 would ease various licensing requirements for the license to fit or dispense hearing instruments. The bill would remove the oral portion of the required exam, repeal the requirement that the exam be validated by an independent training professional, and allow persons to be issued apprentice permits upon passing the required exam (changed from passing with a 70% or greater score). The bill would additionally repeal the language which prohibits applicants convicted of a felony or misdemeanor involving moral turpitude from taking the exam and would allow the Department to administer the exam more than twice a year. Finally, this bill would remove the requirement that an applicant take the practical test on the next regularly scheduled examination date after their application is approved if that applicant is licensed in another state.
Texas Action supports HB 2699 for promoting the principles of limited government, free markets and individual liberty. This bill would go a long way towards removing barriers of entry to this occupation. The state should pursue permanent occupational de-licensing for professions such as fitting or dispensing hearing instruments.