HB 2847

86(R) - 2019
House Licensing & Administrative Procedures
Senate Business & Commerce
House Licensing & Administrative Procedures
Senate Business & Commerce
Occupational Licensing

Vote Recommendation

  • Positive
  • Neutral
  • Positive
  • Positive
  • Positive


Craig Goldman


Kelly Hancock

Bill Caption

Relating to the licensing and regulation of certain occupations, activities, and agreements; providing a civil penalty; authorizing fees; requiring an occupational registration and an occupational license.

Fiscal Notes

Estimated Two-year Net Impact to General Revenue Related Funds for HB2847, Committee Report 2nd House, Substituted: a negative impact of ($152,800) through the biennium ending August 31, 2021. The bill would make no appropriation but could provide the legal basis for an appropriation of funds to implement the provisions of the bill. The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation and any other state agency subject to this Act are required to implement a provision of this Act only if the legislature appropriates money specifically for that purpose. If the legislature does not appropriate money specifically for that purpose, the agencies may, but are not required to, implement a provision of this Act using other appropriations available for that purpose.

Bill Analysis

HB 2847 would make multiple changes to regulation governing a variety of professions in the state. The bill would partially de-regulate the process for becoming a driver educator or operating a driving school while increasing continuing education requirements for renewal of laser hair removal licenses. The bill would additionally make a variety of information related to complaints, investigations, prosecutions etc. in certain professions such as athletic training and massage therapy, among others confidential.

Vote Recommendation Notes

Texas Action supports HB 2847 as it uplifts our principles of limited government and individual liberty. This bill would effectively deregulate certain aspects of several professions. We are supportive of decreasing the barrier of entry to professions rather than requiring unnecessary processes. In addition, this bill includes a provision that would prohibit local governments from establishing a process that would create additional licensure. For these reasons, we support HB 2847.