Honorable Edmund Kuempel, Chair, House Committee on Licensing & Administrative Procedures
John S. O'Brien, Director, Legislative Budget Board
HB1854 by Davis, John (Relating to the registration of roofing contractors; providing penalties.), As Introduced
This bill would make no appropriation but could provide the legal basis for an appropriation of funds to implement the provisions of the bill.
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The bill would require the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR) to register and regulate roofing contractors and roofing business entities. The bill would authorize TDLR to collect fees for ceritificates for eligible roofing contractors and businesses. The bill would also require TDLR to recognize, prepare or administer continuing education programs for certificate holders. The bill would establish eligibility requirements for a certificate of registration, including insurance requirements, renewal and continuing education requirements, and criminal history background checks.
The bill would take effect September 1, 2009. TDLR would be required to adopt rules by January 1, 2010, and the requirement to hold a certificate of registration take effect March 1, 2010.
TDLR anticipates registering 2,800 roofing contractors and 1,232 roofing businesses in 2010. In each subsequent year, TDLR anticipates registering 3,500 contractors and 1,540 businesses. TDLR estimates receiveing 217 complaints in 2010, and 272 complaints in each subsequent year, resulting in 7 to 9 administrative hearings.
Based on information provided by TDLR, it is assumed that an additional 7 FTEs would be needed in fiscal year 2010 to handle the volume of registrations and complaints: 4 administrative assistants to process complicated license applications, 1 legal assistant for enforcement purposes, 0.5 investigator for enforcement purposes, 0.5 attorney for enforcement purposes, and 1 program specialist to provide technical expertise for compliance. It is also assumed that 1 additional administrative assistant would be required beginning in fiscal year 2011 and in each subsequent year. Other costs associated with the registration of the roofing contracting population would include DPS criminal history check fees and imaging costs for required documents submitted by applicants.
This analysis assumes that any increased costs to the agency, which is statutorily required to generate sufficient revenue to cover its costs of operation, would be offset by an increase in fee generated revenue.
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