Sunset Advisory Commission Update

On January 9, 2019, the Sunset Advisory Commission held its decision hearing regarding the recommendation by Sunset staff concerning the Texas Board of Professional Land Surveying (TBPLS).  The Commission approved the recommendation to abolish TBPLS and combine the regulation of the profession of land surveying with the Texas Board of Professional Engineers (TBPE), thus forming the Texas Board of Professional Engineers and Professional Land Surveyors.

In addition, the following statutory and management actions were adopted:

 

STATUTORY

Rec. 2.1:  remove the residency requirement for LSLS from statute;

Rec. 2.2: authorize the board to set biennial license and firm registration terms in rule;

Rec. 2.3:  replace the board’s exam advisory committees with general statutory authority to establish advisory committees;

Rec. 2.4: authorize the agency to outsource its exams;

Rec. 2.5: clarify statute to realign the agency’s complaint intake and investigation procedures with model standards.

MANAGEMENT

Rec. 2.6: direct the board to review application requirements to conform with current policy and statute;

Rec. 2.7: direct the board to adopt a staggered renewal system for licenses and registrations;

Rec. 2.8: direct the board to conduct a comprehensive analysis regarding adoption of the national accepted practice exam and a separate, corresponding jurisprudence exam; and

Rec. 2.9: direct the board to publish disciplinary history online.

 

TBPLS has taken corrective action on Recommendations 2.6 and 2.9.  A previous analysis of whether TBPLS should adopt the NCEES PS exam was performed in 2016 and a report is being drafted to report to the Sunset Advisory Commission.  TBPLS is also working on staggering license renewals (Recommendation 2.7) which may come into effect in 2020.

A bill is being authored by Rep. Poncho Nevarez and Sen. Dawn Buckingham that would carry the Sunset Advisory Commission recommendation before the Legislature.  The committee hearing the bill has not been named as of this writing.  Both Nevarez and Buckingham voted in favor of abolishing TBPLS.

At its January 25, 2019 board meeting, the board appointed LeAnn Catron as Interim Executive Director, to replace Marcelino A. Estrada who is leaving the agency on January 31, 2019.

Events & Updates

Statewide Goal

The priority goal will be to ensure that Texas consumers are effectively and efficiently served by high quality professionals and businesses by setting clear standards, maintaining compliance and seeking market-based solutions.

The Mission

The mission of the Texas Board of Professional Land Surveying is to protect the residents of Texas by regulating, licensing and renewing the licenses of only competent surveyors; surveyors able to provide accurate surveys which will result in the orderly use of our physical environment.

The Philosophy

The Texas Board of Professional Land Surveying will license only competent surveyors and will regulate the practice of surveying. We will manage our resources as efficiently and effectively as possible with a commitment to excellence.