Senator Robert "Bob" Deuell, M.D.
The Texas State Senate
District 2

For Immediate Release
August 17, 2004

***CAPITOL UPDATE***

Texas Department Of Licensing And Regulation Fee Reduction Schedule

The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR) has completed its annual review of its license fee schedule to ensure that each of the agency's 22 programs will collect sufficient license fee revenue to cover operating expenses during the next year. During the course of the review, TDLR identified 12 programs in which fees could be reduced.

Based on this review, and staff recommendations, the Texas Commission of Licensing and Regulation voted on August 9, 2004, to reduce 29 license fees in 12 program areas.

Program expenses are calculated by adding direct program costs and administrative costs. TDLR's administrative expenses are allocated to each program based on, among other things, the number of licenses processed and issued for that program. Because of this, an increase in the number of licensing programs and the resulting increase in the number of people licensed by TDLR reduces the per capita expense of issuing individual licenses. The 78th Texas Legislature assigned three new programs to TDLR in 2003 - electricians, loss damage waivers and legal service contract providers - adding tens of thousands of licensees to the agency's regulated community.

Listed below are the license fees that will be reduced. Before these reductions can become effective, however, TDLR's rules must be amended to reflect the new, lower fees. TDLR staff will begin immediately to draft these rules. Before a rule can be implemented, however, the public must be allowed a 30-day comment period during which everyone is provided the opportunity to offer input pertaining to the proposed rule change. After the comment period ends and public concerns are addressed, the rules must be finally adopted by the commission.

TDLR expects all new rules, and all the lower fees, to be adopted and effective by the end of 2004.

RECOMMENDED LICENSE FEE REDUCTIONS 2004

The commission voted to reduce 29 license fees in 12 programs as follows:

ARCHITECTURAL BARRIERS

The project filing and inspection filing fees, currently $100 each, will be combined into a single fee of $175, a 12.5 percent reduction.

AIR CONDITIONING

The initial and renewal air conditioning contractor license fees will be reduced from $125 to $80 - a 36 percent reduction.

AUCTIONEERS

Both the auctioneer original license fee and the auctioneer renewal fee will be reduced from $100 to $50, a 50 percent reduction. Also, both the associate auctioneer license fee and the associate auctioneer license renewal fee will be reduced from $50 to $25, a 50 percent reduction.

CAREER COUNSELORS

Both the original career counselor license and the license renewal fees will be reduced from $2,000 to $1,250, a 37.5 percent reduction.

COMBATIVE SPORTS

The promoters license fee will be reduced from $1,000 to $900, a 10 percent reduction and the contestants license fee will be reduced from $40 to $30, a 25 percent reduction.

ELECTRICIANS

Both the original and renewal journeyman electrician license fees and original and renewal journeyman sign electrician license fees will be reduced from $50 to $40, a 20 percent reduction.

Both the original and renewal master electrician license fees and the original and renewal master sign electrician license fee will be reduced from $75 to $65, a 13 percent reduction.

INDUSTRIALIZED HOUSING

The builders license fee will be reduced from $375 to $325, a 13 percent reduction.

LICENSED COURT INTERPRETERS

The original licensed court interpreter application fee will be reduced from $175 to $75, a 57 percent reduction, and the license renewal fee will be reduced from $100 to $50, a 50 percent reduction.

FOR-PROFIT LEGAL SERVICE CONTRACT COMPANIES

The original and renewal sales representative license will be reduced from $50 to $30, a 40 percent reduction.

PROPERTY TAX CONSULTANTS

The non-refundable property tax consultant application fee will be reduced from $100 to $50, a 50 percent reduction, and the non-refundable senior property tax consultant application fee will be reduced from $150 to $75, a 50 percent reduction.

STAFF LEASING SERVICES

The application fee will be reduced from $300 to $150, a 50 percent reduction; also

The fee for a license that authorizes assignment of 0-249 employees will be reduced from $1,000 to $250, a 75 percent reduction;

The fee for a license that authorizes assignment of 250-749 employees will be reduced from $1,500 to $500, a 67 percent reduction;

The fee for a license that authorizes assignment of 750 or more employees will be reduced from $2,000 to $750, a 63 percent reduction.

SERVICE CONTRACT PROVIDERS

The fee for a license that authorizes a licensee to issue from 0 to 250 service contracts will be reduced from $750 to $250, a 67 percent reduction;

The fee for a license that authorizes a licensee to issue from 251-499 service contracts will be reduced from $1,400 to $500, a 64 percent reduction; and

The fee for a license that authorizes a licensee to issue 500 or more service contracts will be reduced from $1,900 to $1,000, a 47 percent reduction.

Please contact my office to discuss this, or any other issue.

To contact Sen. Deuell about the legislative process, contact the Capitol Office at (512) 463-0556 or mail to Sen. Bob Deuell, Texas Senate, P.O. Box 12068, Austin, TX 78711. The website for the Texas Senate is www.Senate.state.tx.us. The e-mail address for Sen. Deuell is: bob.deuell@senate.state.tx.us.

This article was taken from the TDLR website at www.license.state.tx.us

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