November 14, 2018 – Sunset Decision Hearing
The Sunset Advisory Commission’s Decision Hearing will be held November 14, 2018, to determine,
based on public input and response received, what the Sunset Advisory Commission
will recommend regarding the future of the regulation of geoscience in Texas.
Meeting location and information can be found here:
Sunset Meeting Agenda
Governor Greg Abbott has reappointed Becky Johnson, PG, and appointed
Brandon Stowers and Mark Varhaug, PG, to the Texas Board of Professional Geoscientists
for terms set to expire on February 1, 2023. Additionally, the Governor appointed
Drusilla Knight-Villarreal for a term set to expire on February 1, 2019.
See our New Board Members page for more information.
The next ASBOG® examination dates are:
March 15, 2019 (Application deadline – 5pm, January 7, 2019 )
October 4, 2019 (Application deadline – 5pm, August 1, 2019)
*Please note: The cost to sit for the FG exam is $200, effective March 2018
Over the past year it has been noted that TBPG was scheduled for review by the Texas Sunset Commission, in accordance with the Sunset provision in the Texas Geoscience Practice Act. The Sunset Provision (TOC §1002.003) in the Texas Geoscience Practice Act states, “The Texas Board of Professional Geoscientists is subject to Chapter 325, Government Code (Texas Sunset Act). Unless continued in existence as provided by that chapter, the board is abolished and this chapter expires September 1, 2019.”
The full Sunset Staff Report on the Texas Board of Professional Geoscientists is available on the Sunset Commission website at the following link: Sunset Advisory Commission
The key recommendation (see recommendation 1.1) is to “Abolish the Texas Board of Professional Geoscientists and repeal the Texas Geoscience Practice Act.” That recommendation is based on key “Findings” in the report. The overall key finding statement of the Sunset Commission staff was that the regulation of Professional Geoscientists “did not provide meaningful public protection.” See Issue 1 of the report.
The full Sunset Staff Report on the Texas Board of Professional Geoscientists was published following certain events and actions in accordance with the process coordinated by the Sunset Commission, including TBPG’s preparation activities (which included a thorough review of the standards by which every agency is reviewed and the a set of standards by which occupational regulatory agencies are reviewed); TBPG’s submission of a Self-Evaluation Report (available on both the TBPG and Sunset Commission websites), and actual review activities which included interviews of TBPG staff, certain Board Members, and certain stakeholders.
Please note the following scheduled Sunset activities:
How can a Professional Geoscientist weigh in on this process?
At its Board meeting on August 17, 2018, TBPG adopted changes to its rules
as a result of its four-year rule review. These changes were proposed in
the June 22, 2018 and June 29, 2018 issues of the Texas Register.
These adoptions will be filed in coming weeks to the Texas Register,
and a link to these adopted actions will be provided once it is available.
The mission and performance of the Texas Board of Professional Geoscientists
are under review by the Legislature as required under the Texas Sunset Act.
The Act provides that the Sunset Commission, composed of legislators and public
members, periodically evaluate a state agency to determine if the agency is still needed
and to explore ways to ensure that the agency’s funds are well spent.
Based on the recommendations of the Sunset Commission, the Texas Legislature
ultimately decides whether an agency continues to operate into the future.
Please see our Sunset Review Page for more information.
Do I need a license? What activities are exempt from licensure?
Our Licensing Information page has answers to these questions and more.
TBPG has adopted new rules to implement provisions in Texas Occupations Code
Chapter 55, regarding benefits to military service members, military veterans,
and military spouses who apply for an occupational license in the State of Texas.
Please see Military Benefits for more information.
TBPG’s Online Services allow users to conduct a public search for a license, renew a TBPG license or registration, and to update license contact information.
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There are many options for obtaining the CE Ethics credit for PGs and GITs.
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