HB 4296

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

Vote Recommendation

  • Positive
  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Positive
  • Positive


Matt Schaefer
Ryan Guillen
Phil King
Geanie Morrison
Dade Phelan


Charles Anderson
Trent Ashby
Cecil Bell Jr.
Kyle Biedermann
Brad Buckley
DeWayne Burns
Briscoe Cain
Terry Canales
Giovanni Capriglione
Sarah Davis
Jay Dean
Alex Dominguez
James Frank
John Frullo
Cody Harris
Cole Hefner
Justin Holland
Dan Huberty
Matt Krause
Jeff Leach
Armando Martinez
Mayes Middleton
Andrew Murr
Leo Pacheco
Tan Parker
Scott Sanford
Phil Stephenson
Lynn Stucky
Tony Tinderholt
Gary VanDeaver
Terry Wilson


Bryan Hughes

Bill Caption

Relating to the high school instruction and licensure of a tradesman plumber, and waiver of certain fee requirements.

Fiscal Notes

No significant fiscal implication to the State is anticipated.

Bill Analysis

HB 4296 would allow high school students to complete the requirements for a tradesman plumber-limited license by completing a plumbing career and technical education program. Under the bill, persons of any age may substitute completion of a such a program for the 4,000 hours work experience required to take the license examination. The bill would additionally exempt licensed plumbing career and technical education program teachers from license or registration renewal fees and continuing education requirements. 

Vote Recommendation Notes

Texas Action supports HB 4296 for promoting the principles of limited government, free markets and individual liberty. While we would like to see plumbing licenses abolished entirely, this bill takes positive steps towards some occupational de-licensing reform for the profession, effectively removing barriers to entry and particularly giving high school students an additional option for entering the profession. The state should continue pursuing permanent and meaningful occupational de-licensing.