Texas Register Preamble
The Texas State Board of Plumbing Examiners (Board or TSBPE) proposes an amendment to the existing rule at 22 Texas Administrative Code (TAC), Chapter 363, §363.9, concerning examination and registration. The proposed change is referred to as the "proposed rule."
EXPLANATION OF AND JUSTIFICATION FOR THE RULE
The proposed rule implements a Board recommendation to allow the nationally known and recognized certification in medical gas piping installation from the American Society of Sanitation Engineering (ASSE) to expand educational opportunities to potential medical gas piping installation endorsees and lower unnecessary regulatory barriers. The certification in medical gas piping installation offered by ASSE has more rigorous training standards than TSBPE for medical gas piping installation training and is commonly recognized as the "gold standard" for national medical gas piping installation training. The rule allows the Board to recognize this training as an additional path to qualification for holding a medical gas piping installation endorsement.
SECTION BY SECTION SUMMARY
Section 363.9 allows the recognition of the eligibility credential of certification in medical gas piping installation by the ASSE for a Texas medical gas piping endorsement.
FISCAL IMPACT ON STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT
Lisa G. Hill, Executive Director for the Board (Executive Director), has determined that for the first five-year period the amended rule is in effect, there are no foreseeable increases or reductions in costs to the state or local governments as a result of enforcing or administering the rule. The Executive Director has further determined that for the first five-year period the amended rule is in effect, there will be no foreseeable losses or increases in revenue for the state or local governments as a result of enforcing or administering the rule.
The Executive Director has determined that for each of the first five years the amended rule is in effect, the public benefit anticipated as a result of enforcing or administering the amended rule will be to have fewer regulatory barriers to licensure and greater opportunity to expand the population of medical gas piping endorsees by allowing licensees to obtain a medical gas piping installation training by an additional training provider.
PROBABLE ECONOMIC COSTS TO PERSONS REQUIRED TO COMPLY WITH THE RULE
The executive director has determined that for the first five years the amended rule is in effect, there are no substantial economic costs anticipated to persons required to comply with the amended rule.
ONE-FOR-ONE REQUIREMENT FOR RULES WITH A FISCAL IMPACT
Given that the amended rule does not have a fiscal note which imposes a cost on regulated persons, including another state agency, a special district, or local government, proposal and adoption of the rule is not subject to the requirements of Government Code §2001.0045.
GOVERNMENT GROWTH IMPACT STATEMENT
For each of the first five years the amended rule is in effect, the Board has determined the following: (1) the amended rule does not create or eliminate a government program; (2) implementation of the amended rule does not require the creation of new employee positions or the elimination of existing employee positions; (3) implementation of the amended rule does not require an increase or decrease in future legislative appropriations to the agency; (4) the amended rule does not require an increase or decrease in fees paid to the agency; (5) the amended rule does not create a new regulation; (6) the amended rule does not expand, limit, or repeal an existing regulation; (7) the amended rule does not increase or decrease the number of individuals subject to the rule's applicability; and (8) the amended rule does not positively or adversely affect this state's economy.
LOCAL EMPLOYMENT IMPACT STATEMENT
No local economies are substantially affected by the amended rule. As a result, preparation of a local employment impact statement pursuant to Government Code §2001.022 is not required.
FISCAL IMPACT ON SMALL AND MICRO-BUSINESS, AND RURAL COMMUNITIES
The amended rule will not have an adverse effect on small or micro-businesses, or rural communities because there are no substantial economic costs anticipated to persons required to comply with the amended rule. As a result, preparation of an economic impact statement and a regulatory flexibility analysis, as provided by Government Code §2006.002, are not required.
TAKINGS IMPACT ASSESSMENT
There are no private real property interests affected by the amended rule. As a result, preparation of a takings impact assessment, as provided by Government Code §2007.043, is not required.
Written comments regarding the amended rule may be submitted by mail to Patricia Latombe at P.O. Box 4200, Austin, Texas 78765-4200, or by email to email@example.com with the subject line "Rule Amendment." All comments must be received within 30 days of publication of this proposal.
This proposal is made under the authority of §1301.251(2) of the Texas Occupations Code, which authorizes the Texas State Board of Plumbing Examiners to adopt rules as necessary to implement the Chapter.
No other statutes or rules are affected by the proposal.
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