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RULE §850.62General Powers and Duties of the TBPG

(a) Unless exempted by the Act, the TBPG ensures that a person may not engage in the public practice of geoscience unless the person holds a license issued by the TBPG.

(b) The TBPG ensures that a person does not take responsible charge of a geoscientific report or a geoscientific portion of a report required by municipal or county ordinance, state or federal law, state agency rule, or federal regulation that incorporates or is based on a geoscientific study or geoscientific data unless the person is licensed under the authority provided to the TBPG under the Act.

(c) The Act and Rules adopted by the Appointed Board under the authority of the Act apply to every licensee, registered Firm, Geoscientist-in-Training, and unlicensed individual or unregistered firm providing or offering to provide professional geoscience services.

(d) Unless an exemption in the Act applies, the TBPG ensures that all Firms offering to engage or engaging in the public practice of professional geoscience in Texas are registered as a Geoscience Firm.

(e) Citizens who do not speak English or who have a physical, mental, or developmental disability will be provided reasonable access to the TBPG meetings and programs.

(f) The TBPG welcomes appropriate citizen input and communications at TBPG meetings, and upon prior reasonable notice to the TBPG, the TBPG will provide interpreters and/or sign language specialists to assist the public in presenting their input to the TBPG.

(g) The TBPG works with each state agency that uses the services of a person licensed by the TBPG and other state agencies as determined by the Appointed Board, including a state agency with which the Appointed Board has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding that addresses the coordination of activities or complaints, to educate the agencies' employees regarding the procedures by which complaints are filed with and resolved by the TBPG.

Source Note: The provisions of this §850.62 adopted to be effective September 15, 2002, 27 TexReg 8479; amended to be effective January 3, 2008, 32 TexReg 10004; amended to be effective November 15, 2010, 35 TexReg 9737; amended to be effective January 1, 2014, 38 TexReg 9367; amended to be effective December 7, 2014, 39 TexReg 9535; amended to be effective March 15, 2016, 41 TexReg 1843; amended to be effective March 6, 2022, 47 TexReg 946

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