Every twelve years the Texas Board of Professional Land Surveying is reviewed by the Sunset Advisory Commission (SAC). The Sunset Commission staff will evaluate TBPLS over the next several months, make recommendations and publish a staff report. The Sunset Commission Members will review the report and hear public testimony before making recommendations to the full Legislature. During the 2019 Legislative session, the fate of TBPLS will be decided - continue with improvements, be consolidated or potentially abolished.
Due to the pending review, it is imperative to raise funds for SurPAC so that we can make timely contributions to SAC members. Historical data suggests that the Legislature acts overwhelmingly in conjunction with the SAC recommendations and several SAC members are in contested battles for re-election. Strong support from SurPAC will make clear that the TBPLS must remain funded.
SurPAC has immediate needs of raising $40,000 for this effort. Everyone is encouraged to contribute to SurPAC, but we are relying heavily on those in leadership roles to set the example. All Surveyors stand to be impacted by the SAC recommendations and potential changes to our regulatory body. However, business owners may be impacted most, and we are asking you to contribute to our latest fundraising effort.
SurPAC is searching for a coalition of individuals willing to pledge $500 each towards this campaign. We are asking for immediate pledges from 20 people to build a $10,000 fund. The pledge fund will be used to match contributions from other TSPS members and double the fundraising effort.
The matching funds will be calculated on those individual contributions received on or before July 1, 2018. Those contributors who make the donation of $500 or more will be recognized in our publications, unless requesting to remain anonymous.
Please help SurPAC continue to promote and protect the surveying profession by making a donation to the 2018 Campaign. It is important to remember only personal checks or credit cards can be accepted and any donation amount is greatly appreciated.
Travis Tabor, SurPAC Chair
Bill O'Hara, Governmental Affairs Chair