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Texas Sunset Commission Recommends Abolishing the Texas Board of Professional Geoscientists

The Texas Sunset Commission staff report recommends discontinuing the regulation of Professional Geoscientists.  The Sunset Provision (TOC §1002.003) in the Texas Geoscience Practice Act states, “The Texas Board of Professional Geoscientists is subject to Chapter 325, Government Code (Texas Sunset Act).  Unless continued in existence as provided by that chapter, the board is abolished and this chapter expires September 1, 2019.”

The key recommendation is to “Abolish the Texas Board of Professional Geoscientists and repeal the Texas Geoscience Practice Act.”  That recommendation is based on key “Findings” in the report. The overall key finding statement of the Sunset Commission staff was that the regulation of Professional Geoscientists “did not provide meaningful public protection.”  See full report