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Relating to the regulation of elevator mechanics, elevator apprentices, and contractors; requiring an occupational registration.
Estimated two-year net impact to general revenue related funds for HB 1485, Committee Report 1st House, substituted: a positive impact of $10,652 through the biennium ending August 31, 2023.
The bill would make no appropriation but could provide the legal basis for an appropriation of funds to implement the provisions of the bill.
HB 1485 would create a mandatory registration requirement for elevator mechanics. An elevator mechanic is an individual who is erects, constructs, installs, alters, services, repairs, or maintains elevator equipment.
The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR) would be required to administer and enforce the provisions of the bill and to establish the requirements for the issuance and renewal of a elevator mechanic's registration. Registrants would be required to obtain annual renewal of registration and complete an initial apprenticeship course and ongoing continuing education hours.
Contractors are forbidden to employ anyone in the service of elevators unless they are registered mechanics.
Texas Action opposes HB 1485 which violates the principles of free markets and limited government. Mandatory registration of this nature is a form of occupational licensure and the first step toward eventual full licensure for this profession. We oppose new mandatory occupational registration and licensure requirements which are antithetical to free markets and impose more government regulations that increase barriers to entry and protect entrenched businesses from unwanted competition.