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Old 05-31-2019, 04:31 PM   #41
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Speaking of which. Up here in Alberta they got hundreds if not thousands of workers calling themselves pipe fitters from who knows where because they were cheaper.

Well they brought them in from foreign countries and made them build an oil refinery from scratch. They had to rebuild 5 times and after that they finally brought the Canadians from the union to redo it once and for all.

If you think about it GCs and their tile guys and painters are plumbing daily without impunity.
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Maybe each city or country will have there own license in Texas. I feel bad for the Plumbers down there in Texas, I spent a lot of time down there plumbing. If it's the Home Builders pushing that, needs to be a riot
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I hope everyone who takes their licensing serious can take a minute to sign this petition and email the governor and let him know how serious we are about our license. Thanks

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This isn't about either party being right or wrong. It's about one guy, rep Chris Paddie from Marshall, Texas. He was pushing SB621 which was a bill that would terminate the Texas State Board of Plumbing Examniners and lower the requirements for becoming licensed and move Texas Plumbers under the TLDR which handles other professional licenses is the state.

That bill was voted down 4 times. So people were voting to keep the TSBPE. The problem is that the state board operates under the sunset act, which is an act that says that state agencies have to be reviewed once every 12 years to determine if they are still worth keeping. A separate bill that was already written and approved by the appropriate committees and ready to be voted on was HB1550. That bill would extend the TSBPE until 2021. Paddie refused to allow that bill on the floor for a vote.

Common sense would tell you that something would happen between now and September to keep the plumbing industry regulated. The problem with common sense is that this is Texas. The state congress is only in session once every 2 years, and that session is over. The only way to save the plumbing industry in Texas is if an extremely right wing governor, Gregg Abbott calls a special session for HB1550 to be voted on. As of last check he is saying he isn't planning on calling a special session.

This all kind of happened in the shadows. Plumbers knew that this legislation was being debated but it's not like it was getting covered in the news. Now there is some coverage and word is spreading and this is not a popular move. There is going to be a lot of pressure on Abbott to call a special session and I'm confident he will do the right thing.
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Too many emotions. Everything is sideways. I hope they get this figured. 15 years in the trade with a Master license and Backflow gonna mean squat in a couple months...

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Too many emotions. Everything is sideways. I hope they get this figured. 15 years in the trade with a Master license and Backflow gonna mean squat in a couple months...

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Your backflow cert is from TCEQ, it will be good after sept. 1st .
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Maybe each city or country will have there own license in Texas. I feel bad for the Plumbers down there in Texas, I spent a lot of time down there plumbing. If it's the Home Builders pushing that, needs to be a riot

For the most part those licenses won't be based on any real qualifications. It's not like a town like Tomball or Hutto is going to have a testing center set up to give an exam to anyone who wants a license in that city. If anything a company like PHCC can give out certifications and those certifications can be recognized by cities if those cities see fit.
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