By Haggerty                                           H.B. No. 1544
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                                A BILL TO BE ENTITLED
 1-1                                   AN ACT
 1-2     relating to the registration of certain entities that engage in the
 1-3     practice of professional engineering.
 1-5           SECTION 1.  Section 13(b), The Texas Engineering Practice Act
 1-6     (Article 3271a, Vernon's Texas Civil Statutes), is amended to read
 1-7     as follows:
 1-8           (b)  The Board shall establish reasonable and necessary fees
 1-9     for the administration of this Act in amounts not to exceed:
1-10     1.  License fee ............................... $50
1-11     2.  Annual renewal fee ......................... 75
1-12     3.  Reciprocal license fee ..................... 50
1-13     4.  Duplicate license ........................... 5
1-14     5.  Engineer-in-training certificate ........... 15
1-15     6.  Roster of engineers ........................ 10
1-16     7.  Examination fee ........................... 120
1-17     8.  Registration fee for engineering firm ..... 100
1-18           SECTION 2.  Sections 16.1 and 17, The Texas Engineering
1-19     Practice Act (Article 3271a, Vernon's Texas Civil Statutes), are
1-20     amended to read as follows:
1-22     The board by rule may adopt a system under which licenses and
1-23     registrations expire on various dates during the year, and the
1-24     dates for reinstatement shall be adjusted accordingly.
 2-2     ASSOCIATIONS.  (a)  A firm, [or a] co-partnership, [or a]
 2-3     corporation, or [a] joint stock association may engage in the
 2-4     practice of professional engineering in this State, provided:
 2-5                 (1)  the entity is registered with the Board; and
 2-6                 (2)  such practice is carried on by only professional
 2-7     engineers licensed in this State.
 2-8           (b)  To be registered under this section, an entity must file
 2-9     an application with the Board on a form provided by the Board.  The
2-10     application must list the name of each:
2-11                 (1)  officer or director of the entity; and
2-12                 (2)  person licensed to practice engineering who
2-13     engages in the practice of engineering on behalf of the entity.
2-14           (c)  The registration of an entity issued under this section
2-15     expires on the first anniversary of the date of issuance.
2-16           SECTION 3.  Section 18(a), The Texas Engineering Practice Act
2-17     (Article 3271a, Vernon's Texas Civil Statutes), is amended to read
2-18     as follows:
2-19           (a)  No firm, partnership, association, corporation or other
2-20     business entity shall hold itself out to the public or any member
2-21     thereof as being engaged in the practice of engineering under any
2-22     assumed, trade, business, partnership or corporate name or employ,
2-23     use, cause to be used or make use of in any manner whatsoever any
2-24     such words or terms as "engineer," "engineering," "engineering
2-25     services," "engineering company," "engineering, inc.,"
2-26     "professional engineers," "licensed engineer," "registered
2-27     engineer," "licensed professional engineer," "registered
 3-1     professional engineer," "engineered," or any combinations,
 3-2     abbreviations or variations thereof, or in combination with any
 3-3     other words, letters, initials, signs or symbols on, in or as a
 3-4     part of, directly or indirectly, any sign, directory, listing,
 3-5     contract, document, pamphlet, stationery, letterhead,
 3-6     advertisement, signature, trade name, assumed name, corporate or
 3-7     other business name unless such firm, partnership, association,
 3-8     corporation or other business entity is registered under Section 17
 3-9     of this Act and is actually and actively engaged in the practice of
3-10     engineering or offering engineering services to the public, and any
3-11     and all services, work, acts or things performed or done by it
3-12     which constitute any part of the practice of engineering are either
3-13     personally performed or done by a licensed engineer or under the
3-14     direct supervision of a licensed engineer who is a regular
3-15     full-time employee of the firm, partnership, association,
3-16     corporation, or other business entity.
3-17           SECTION 4.  (a)  Except as provided by Subsection (c) of this
3-18     section, this Act takes effect September 1, 1999.
3-19           (b)  The Texas Board of Professional Engineers shall adopt
3-20     rules providing for the registration of engineering entities not
3-21     later than November 1, 1999.
3-22           (c)  Sections 17 and 18, The Texas Engineering Practice Act
3-23     (Article 3271a, Vernon's Texas Civil Statutes), as amended by this
3-24     Act, take effect January 1, 2000.
3-25           SECTION 5.  The importance of this legislation and the
3-26     crowded condition of the calendars in both houses create an
3-27     emergency and an imperative public necessity that the
 4-1     constitutional rule requiring bills to be read on three several
 4-2     days in each house be suspended, and this rule is hereby suspended.