Texas Legislature Accidentally Repeals Plumbing Code
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These events have been reported elsewhere as “Texas Legislature accidentally makes everyone a licensed plumber,” and that is certainly the kind of thing that will get my attention. See, e.g.“Oklahoma Accidentally Makes All Civil Litigation ‘Loser Pays’ (May 23, 2017); “Ruling on Typo Means It’s Still Okay for Young’uns to Marry in Arkansas” (Oct. 15, 2007) (noting legislature had accidentally repealed lower age limit). But in this case it doesn’t seem to be entirely true.
It’s pretty close, though.
What the legislature seems to have done, according to the Texas Tribune, is abolish the Texas State Board of Plumbing Examiners, which is currently responsible for licensing plumbers and enforcing the state plumbing code. Or, at least, it failed to reauthorize the thing. Under a “sunset” law, the board dissolves automatically on September 1 unless the legislature takes action. But that didn’t happen. It looks like the legislature had no intention of doing so anyway, because it had a bill ready to go (Senate Bill 621) providing that the board’s functions would be transferred to the larger Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation on September 1, when the sunset provision takes effect. So one way or another, the legislature apparently planned to get rid of the TSBPE for good.
Okay, fine—except that it then failed to pass SB 621, or a backup “safety net” bill that protects agencies otherwise threatened by the sunset provision. And the legislative session has now ended. So as of September 1, there will be no entity responsible for licensing plumbers and enforcing the state plumbing code, although that last part won’t matter because the code also expires automatically on September 1. So isn’t that the legislature just made everyone in Texas a licensed plumber, it’s that now anybody can legally do plumbing work in Texas without a license.
Whether this is a problem depends on who you ask, and probably whether you need any serious plumbing done.
May 31, 2019 at 6:46 PM #72393mmonkParticipant
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June 3, 2019 at 3:44 PM #73284retired liberalParticipant
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Yet another reason to stay out of Texas.
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April 18, 2021 at 11:39 PM #417934OrduonParticipant
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Man, I did not even know about that, however it is kind of … really hilarious! I mean, how can you make this kind of mistake, so in result all the citizens become certified plumbers! Do you even understand how many problems might actually get caused by that?! How many scammers that state my be having because this kind of mistakes?! The is exactly why you have to get really well informed about the companies that you are calling for. Taking into consideration that we are talking about plumbing, I am only using the services of Unblocking Service in Rixensart as they are reliable and all of their specialists are certified for real!
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