SB 204

83(R) - 2013
Licensing & Administrative Procedures

Vote Recommendation

Vote No; Amend
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Robert Nichols

Bill Caption

Relating to the continuation and functions of the Texas Board of Professional Engineers.

Fiscal Notes

Estimated Two-year Net Impact to General Revenue Related Funds for SB204, As Introduced: a negative impact of ($88,000) through the biennium ending August 31, 2015. The bill would make no appropriation but could provide the legal basis for an appropriation of funds to implement the provisions of the bill.

Bill Analysis

Summary: SB 204 would extend the existence of the Texas Board of Professional Engineers until 2025. Additionally, SB 204 would require criminal background checks for licenses and license renewals as well as authorize the Board to suspend the license of an engineer, without notice or hearing, during an investigation.

Analysis: Many professions have private certification boards that are useful in vetting professionals in a free market way. Well qualified professional can seek and attain certification, which they can use to boost their credibility within the industry and with prospective employers and clients. State run licensing represents a barrier to entry for individuals looking to make a living. If this Board is allowed to expire, it would represent a positive limiting of government.

If the legislature feels the need to continue this board, this legislation could be improved by adding an amendment that repeals the provisions of the bill that require background checks and authorize the board to suspend an individual’s license without notice and before the conclusion of a hearing. Such provisions are antithetical to due process of law.