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If you are not a licensed professional engineer in Texas, there is no reason
to read this.  Stop now, and hit your delete button!  For the rest of you: 

House Bill 1015 by Houston Area Representative John Culberson eliminates the
$200.00 professional license surcharge. The entire bill is included herein
for your information. The Bill is tied up in the House Committee on Ways and
Means, and it appears that it will die there unless committee members are
convinced it should be placed on the House Calendar for consideration by the
full House.

Representative Rene Oliveira is Chair and Representative Brian McCall is
Vice-Chair.  Representatives Dennis Bonnen, Tom Craddick, Yvonne Davis,
Talmadge Heflin, Paul Hilbert, Jim Keffer, Tray King, Tom Ramsay, and Paul
Sadler are on the committee. You can contact the Committee by calling
512-463-0822, faxing 512-463-8186, or mailing to House Committee on Ways and
Means, PO Box 2910, Austin, 78768-2910. Each representative can be contacted
by email at: firstname.lastname(--nospam--at)house.state.tx.us.

I suggest that EVERY licensed professional engineer in Texas send a letter
on their personal letterhead to the Committee and one to a particular member
if he or she is from their District.  Copies should be mailed to your
representative and to Representative Culberson (same address as the
Committee, or fax 512-463-7820).  Sample wording follows (please personalize
and use appropriate format):

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As you may know, HB 1015 by Representative Culberson eliminates the $200
surcharge imposed by the Legislature on certain professional licenses in a
previous session.  I understand that the fee was imposed as a temporary
fund-raising measure to correct a deficit in the state budget.  With the
deficit now a substantial surplus, I believe that engineers such as myself,
and other professionals assessed this fee, are being unfairly taxed.  In
fact, the licensing fees for professional engineers in Texas are currently
more than four times higher than in any other state.

I respectfully request that this bill be placed on the calendar for
consideration by the House.

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A BILL

TO BE ENTITLED AN ACT

relating to the repeal of certain professional fees and taxes.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:

SECTION 1. The following are repealed:

(1) Section 3.11A, Medical Practice Act (Article 4495b, Vernon's Texas Civil
Statutes); (2) Article 4550c, Revised Statutes; (3) Section 3.03B, Texas
Optometry Act  (Article 4552-1.01 et seq., Vernon's Texas Civil Statutes);
(4) Section 11B, Chapter 94, Acts Of the 51st Legislature, Regular Session,
1949 (Article 4512b, Vernon's Texas Civil Statutes); (5) Section 16B,
Psychologists' Certification and Licensing Act (Article 4512c, Vernon's
Texas Civil Statutes); (6) Section 9A, Public Accountancy Act Of 1991
(Article 41a-1, Vernon's Texas Civil Statutes); (7) Section 4C, Chapter 478,
Acts of the 45th Legislature, Regular Session, 1937 (Article 249a, Vernon's
Texas Civil Statutes); (8) Section 13B, The Texas Engineering Practice Act
(Article 3271a, Vernon's Texas Civil Statutes); (9) Section 11A,  The Real
Estate License Act (Article 6573a, Vernon's Texas Civil Statutes); (10)
Section 41, The Securities Act (Article  581-41, Vernon's Texas Civil
Statutes); (11) Section 25, The Veterinary Licensing Act (Article 8890,
Revised Statutes); and (11) Subchapter H, Chapter 191, Tax Code.

SECTION 2.
(a) This Act applies only to a fee or tax that becomes due on or after the
effective date of this Act.
(b) The repeal of a fee or tax by this Act does not affect a fee owed or a
tax imposed before the effective date of this Act, and the law in effect
before the effective date of this Act is continued in effect for purposes of
the collection or enforcement of, or application of penalties for, a fee or
tax due before the effective date of this Act.

SECTION 3. The importance of this legislation and the crowded condition of
the calendars in both houses create an emergency and an imperative public
necessity that the constitutional rule requiring bills to be read on three
several days in each house be suspended, and this rule is hereby suspended,
and that this Act take effect and be in force from and after its passage,
and it is so enacted.

Texas has the highest PE licensing fees in the United States!  This is your
chance to end this dubious distinction.  Please contact all of the
structural engineers in your area and get them involved in this effort.

Regards,

Stan R. Caldwell, P.E.
Chairman, SEAoT PAL Committee
(PAL = Professional Activities and Legislative)

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HALFF ASSOCIATES, INC.
Engineers*Architects*Planners
8616 Northwest Plaza Drive
Dallas, Texas  75225
Phone:    (214)346-6280
Mobile:   (214)236-9696
Fax:      (214)739-0095
Email:    scaldwell(--nospam--at)halff.com    
Website:  http://www.halff.com	
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A BILL

TO BE ENTITLED AN ACT

relating to the repeal of certain professional fees and taxes.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:

SECTION 1. The following are repealed:

(1) Section 3.11A, Medical Practice Act (Article 4495b, Vernon's Texas Civil
Statutes);
(2) Article 4550c, Revised Statutes;
(3) Section 3.03B, Texas Optometry Act  (Article 4552-1.01 et seq., Vernon's
Texas Civil Statutes);
(4) Section 11B, Chapter 94, Acts Of the 51st Legislature, Regular Session,
1949 (Article 4512b, Vernon's Texas Civil Statutes);
(5) Section 16B, Psychologists' Certification and Licensing Act (Article
4512c, Vernon's Texas Civil Statutes);
(6) Section 9A, Public Accountancy Act Of 1991 (Article 41a-1, Vernon's
Texas Civil Statutes);
(7) Section 4C, Chapter 478, Acts of the 45th Legislature, Regular Session,
1937 (Article 249a, Vernon's Texas Civil Statutes);
(8) Section 13B, The Texas Engineering Practice Act (Article 3271a, Vernon's
Texas Civil Statutes);
(9) Section 11A,  The Real Estate License Act (Article 6573a, Vernon's Texas
Civil Statutes);
(10) Section 41, The Securities Act (Article  581-41, Vernon's Texas Civil
Statutes);
(11) Section 25, The Veterinary Licensing Act (Article 8890, Revised
Statutes); and
(11) Subchapter H, Chapter 191, Tax Code.

SECTION 2.
(a) This Act applies only to a fee or tax that becomes due on or after the
effective date of this Act.
(b) The repeal of a fee or tax by this Act does not affect a fee owed or a
tax imposed before the effective date of this Act, and the law in effect
before the effective date of this Act is continued in effect for purposes of
the collection or enforcement of, or application of penalties for, a fee or
tax due before the effective date of this Act.

SECTION 3. The importance of this legislation and the crowded condition of
the calendars in both houses create an emergency and an imperative public
necessity that the constitutional rule requiring bills to be read on three
several days in each house be suspended, and this rule is hereby suspended,
and that this Act take effect and be in force from and after its passage,
and it is so enacted.