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Now that the legislative session has ended, I wanted to thank our members for their efforts in both the Texas House and Senate as the Sunset Bill moved through the legislative process. The Sunset Bill endured several curveballs, but I’m proud of TSPS and our collective ability to make a positive impact on the final bill. We have a respected voice at the legislature and that is a testament to the professional interactions that our members and representatives have had at the Capitol this session. One Senator mentioned specifically to me that he appreciates the businesslike approach that surveyors have taken with the Sunset issue. Good job to the many volunteers who played a role in our advocacy efforts this session. And, thank you to Mark Hanna, DJ Kyle and the rest of the TSPS staff for their enormous effort, good counsel and valuable contributions to the surveying profession.

I am pleased that the surveying profession will continue to be regulated and that the Sunset Commission and Legislature have been emphatic about the need for a well-regulated surveying profession. TSPS was successful in proposing and securing the Land Surveying Advisory Committee to bring a greater voice from surveyors into the regulatory process. And, TSPS was able to influence the proposed changes to the RPLS education requirements. The enrolled version of HB 1523 as passed by the House and Senate is available for your reference.
 
Texas now joins numerous other states with combined engineering and surveying boards. This is an effective partnership in other states and it now becomes our goal to make the very best of the new arrangement for land surveyors in Texas. TSPS is looking forward to working with the Texas Board of Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors (TBPELS) and will endeavor to be a strong voice for our members.

Thank you,
John Barnard, RPLS, TSPS President

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