Braddock On Plumbing Regulations and End of Legislative Session
Friday on KFYO Mornings with Dave King and Matt Martin, Editor of the Quorum Report Scott Braddock joined Dave and Matt to talk about the end of the Texas legislative session in Austin, the possibility of a special session, plumbing regulations, republican and democrat arguing in Austin, property taxes, and more.
Braddock started the discussion by explaining the recent situation with plumbing regulations. Scott said that the plumbing board was up for sunset review recently, and there was a bill to renew and remodel the agency. "The agency that oversees plumbers is really out of date," Scott explained. The thought was that the plumbing board would be moved to a larger agency, and so people could get their licenses at more locations besides Austin. However, the bill failed, and so the agency will go away, and the laws concerning plumbers would go with it. Scott went on to explain that because of this, cities will have to have their own local ordinances to regulate construction related to plumbing. Scott said,
"You have the question of resources. I mean, places like Houston and Dallas, it's probably a little more easier for them to do that than it is for some small communities. I'm sure Lubbock can do some version of this, but in a lot of the smaller communities, smaller places in West Texas where we have listeners, it may be the wild west when it comes to plumbers."
Scott said that he thinks it would me smart for the governor to have a special session for just a couple of days to be able to renew the agency, without even talking about how to modernize it. Despite this, the governor has said that there will be no special session.
Read more stories at quorumreport.com and watch the full interview in the video above.