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ONTARIO, CA – The International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO) applauds the Texas Legislature for re-authorizing the Texas State Board of Plumbing Examiners (TSBPE), a move that ensures plumbers will continue to play a key role in the decision-making process for plumbing-related issues in the second most populous state in the country.

The TSBPE oversees plumbing licensing in the state of Texas and ensures that the public is aware of the critical role plumbing plays in protecting the health and safety of the public through community outreach and education, and investigating consumer complaints and enforcing and disciplinary action against individuals who violate the sanitation permit law.

In 2019, the state’s Sunset Advisory Commission recommended transferring the duties and functions of the TSBPE to the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation, but the Texas House of Representatives voted against legislation repealing the agency. Instead, Governor Greg Abbott signed an executive order extending the TSBPE until the end of the 2021 legislative session to allow the legislature, which only meets in odd years, to re-authorize the agency by statute.

HB 636, sponsored by Rep. Senfronia Thompson (D-Houston) in the House and Sen. John Whitmire in the Senate authorizes the continuation of the TSBPE until 2027. The legislation received strong bipartisan support, with Reps. Chris Paddie (R-Marshall), Stan Lambert (R-Abilene), Ana Hernandez (D-Jacinto City), and Charlie Geren (R-Lake Worth) are joining as authors, in addition to having over 40 co-sponsors.

HB 636 overwhelmingly passed the House of Representatives with a vote of 143-4 on April 14 and the Senate, 28-2, on May 13. Abbott signed HB 636 into law on Wednesday.

“IAPMO is proud to have been a strong supporter of this bill and partnered with the Texas plumbing industry to promote the industry and the people who operate it,” said Dave Viola, CEO of IAPMO. “It is vital, especially in light of the recent winter storms that have prevented so many in Texas from having access to safe water and reliable sanitation, that qualified plumbers oversee the process of issuing permits to the plumbers of the United States. state. Credit to Rep. Thompson and Sen. Whitmire for their leadership in the Texas Legislature. “

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