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84th Legislative Session
January 13, 2015 - June 1, 2015

Texas Bar Journal Newsletter - This publication produced by the State Bar of Texas provides an overview of the session and the legislation that passed.
Refer to: Texas Bar Journal Volume 78, No.8, September 2015 Issue

Page Revised 9/14/15

REPEAL OF $200 PROFESSIONAL FEE - The Board is excited to announce a legislative change that will have a significant annual effect on thousands of licensed Professional Engineers and engineering firms in Texas. Tax reduction was one of the important efforts during the 84th legislative session, and House Bill 7 (HB 7) was part of that fiscal package. By passing HB 7, the legislature of Texas repealed the long-standing $200 Professional Fee for Professional Engineers and a number of other licensed professions. The great news for the engineering community is that effective September 1, 2015, licensed Professional Engineers will no longer pay the $200 Professional Fee associated with license renewals, applications for new PE licenses or reactivation of licenses in inactive status. All licensees will see the reduction automatically on their renewal statements. Several existing Board Rules will also be modified as soon as possible to accommodate the changes. Due to the effective date of the statute change, PE license renewals set for September 2015 will not be available until September 1, 2015. This will be a month later than usual, but it is necessary so that the $200 fee is not assessed to licensees. Renewal invoices will be sent on September 1, 2015 and renewals will be processed as normal online and by mail starting on that date.

 

Summary of Legislation Before the 84th Legislature Regarding Engineering
Bill Number Companion Bill Author Subject Notes Link to Bill
HB 3469   Paul Relating to the certification of structural engineers; providing for a fee. Did not pass both Chambers. http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=HB3469
HB 1757   Paul Relating to liability of an engineer conducting a Texas Windstorm Insurance Association inspection. Did not pass both Chambers. http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=HB1757
HB 2024 SB 217 Gonzales, Larry, Price, Burkett, Dutton, Raymond Relating to the self-directed and semi-independent status of certain agencies and to the requirements applicable to, and the oversight of, those agencies. Did not pass both Chambers. http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=hb2024
HB 2049 SB 799 Darby Relating to indemnification and duties of engineers and architects under certain governmental contracts. Enrolled. Effective 9/1/15. http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=hb2049
HB 2089 SB 765 Darby Relating to the repeal of certain occupational license fees and taxes. Did not pass both Chambers, but the wording was included in HB 7, which DID pass both chambers and is effective 9/1/15. http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=hb2089
HB 2358 SB 1283 Lucio Relating to the exemption from certain registration and licensing requirements and taxes for certain businesses and employees who enter this state in response to a disaster or emergency. HB 2358 passed both chambers and was effective 6/15/15. http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=hb2358
Hb 2439   Smith Relating to inspections and other activities conducted by engineers in connection with the issuance of certain windstorm and hail insurance. Passed both chambers and is effective 9/1/15. http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=hb2439
HB 2469   Phillips Relating to fingerprints collected by the Texas Department of Public Safety from an applicant for a driver's license or personal identification certificate and used for the department's image verification system. Did not pass both Chambers. http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=HB2469
HB 3123   Price Relating to governmental entities subject to the sunset review process. Passed both chambers and was effective 6/18/15. The final version of this bill does not affect the engineering Practice Act. http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=HB3123
HB 3141   Lozano Relating to the appeal of decisions by the Texas Department of Insurance regarding issuance of certain certificates of compliance under the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association Act. Did not pass both Chambers. http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=HB3141
HB 3792   Huberty Relating to entities providing engineering services to a utility or affiliate. Did not pass both Chambers. http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=HB3792
HB 4089   Fletcher Relating to a pilot project for complaints filed with certain state boards or agencies. Did not pass both Chambers. http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=HB4089

 

General Information

Important note: The following information is provided for informational purposes only. The listing of a bill on this Web site does not indicate support, opposition, or any other position regarding the bill and should not be construed as such.

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