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No engineering society raised an issue about this when it was being debated in the state legislature. It was passed, is now in operation and still no outcry from any but a few individuals. I read the publications of several organizations and I have not found anything written against this.

From my research, this legislation was backed by Homeland Security. Right now it seems that going against this law is like pi**ing into the wind, you are just going to get wet.

*Davis G. Parsons II PE RA *
/Texas Engineer 42397//
Texas Architect  9462/
Fort Worth, Texas

On 2/21/2014 12:07 PM, Donny Harris wrote:
This conversation makes me grin a little between grimaces... it is sounding a lot like many I have heard over and over around my parent's dinner table.


Being a skeptic is his hobby, astronomy his full time job and at the time
my father wrote this article he had been working for JPL for over 20 years (if you are not familiar, JPL is basically a NASA funded laboratory to study space. It can be argued that the scientists and engineers that work there have a far lesser impact or exposure to public safety that structural engineers)... a few years later Dept of Homeland Security (ironically, working for the former governor of Texas) passed a directive that resulted in all JPL employees requiring more extensive background checks. I believe the check was somewhat intrusive, to the extent of researching high school girlfriends, etc. but take that with a grain of salt, my source of information was biased so I don't really know how intrusive the checks were. The issue made some news locally and lawsuits were filed by a group of scientists and the moral fight was fought, I think the scientists won a round or two at the local levels but as it

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