Texas lawmakers failed to pass a bill that would have maintained the Texas State Board of Plumbing Examiners. Now, on Sept. 1, all plumbing licenses will expire and plumbers will no longer need state licensing, continuing education credits or even general liability insurance.
Licensed plumbers worry the move risks Texans' health because anyone will be able to say they're a plumber, regardless of experience.
Without further action from Gov. Greg Abbott and the state legislature, the plumbing board will wind down and cease to exist Sept. 1, 2020. Should it be saved?
About 58,000 licensed plumbers across the state and more than 14,000 working toward that status, think so.
Any plumber interested in finding out more about the issue should visit, www.texaslicensedplumbers.com, which lists a number of ways to get involved, including signing an online petition to the save the board. As of the morning of June 3, 62,000 people had signed the petition.
The group behind the website is also planning to hold a rally at the state capitol on June 14.