I would like to thank everyone for what I consider a successful seven months for TSPS. However we have more to do. Our PR campaign towards the public was great and now we need to turn our focus on our State Leaders. The last legislative session was relatively quiet for us mostly due to our “Meet and Greet” efforts and we need to do the same over the next few months.
Therefore, I would like to issue the Chapters a challenge to visit as many of their State Leaders, Representatives and Senators, within their Chapter boundaries as possible and report each visit to Governmental Affairs.
It is imperative that we explain to our State Leaders the functions of our licensing board, why it’s important for our Board to stay autonomous and not consolidated, and that our Board is self-supporting. In addition, TBPLS turns over to the government approximately $1,000,000 every biennium as a professional tax on the surveyors of Texas.
So help TSPS, and the surveying profession, by visiting and getting to know your State Leaders in your area and for them to get to know us. Let them know that you (we) want to be a resource for them to ask questions should any proposed legislation affect the surveying profession.
Don’t hesitate to call me, Jim Gillis (TSPS President-Elect) or Michael Parker (TSPS Governmental Affairs) for help.