GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS AND OTHER PROFESSIONAL ISSUES
July 14, 2016
Texas Wind Storm Inspections
HB2439 was passed in the 2016 legislative session. Comments are now being accepted on the new proposed changes and should be submitted as soon as possible.
SEAoT Structural Engineering License Committee
At the January 2019 SEAoT State Corporation Board meeting, the officers and directors approved teaming up with a new lobbyist October through December of the same year before signing a long term agreement with a lobbyist moving forward in 2020. This decision to keep SEAoT involved with a lobbyist helps to continue to making SEAoT the voice for structural engineers in Texas. The next lobbyist will work on issues and initiatives regarding legislative and governmental affairs that affect structural engineers and will not be focused only on pursuing licensure for structural engineers. In the past, structural engineers have been represented in the Texas Legislature by engineers from other engineering organizations. Enactment or the prevention of legislation that would affect engineers in general has not always been in the best interest of engineers who practice structural engineering.
SEAoT will continue pursuing the enactment of structural engineering licensure legislation under the direction of the SEAoT State Corporation Board. SEAoT is comparing the current SE practice acts of other states and working with the NCSEA Structural Licensure Committee to incorporate legislation which will minimize the impact of currently licensed professional engineers practicing structural engineering anywhere in the U.S. to continue to do so in Texas as well as raise a transparent bar for the next generation of professional engineers practicing structural engineering in Texas.
Structural Engineering Licensure
SE Licensure Position Statements
ICC Code Adoption Links
Texas Code Adoption Links