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State Agencies May Not Consider an Arrest When Denying an Occupational License

This is the first part of a series in which we review changes to Texas agencies’ authority to punish occupational licensees based on criminal background. Effective September 1, 2019, several laws now improve the chances of Texans to obtain professional licenses despite their criminal history. In Senate Bill Number 1217, the Texas Legislature made it […]

Sunset Commission Proposal that DPS be Directed to Work with TDLR to Develop Regulatory Processes and Rules.

This is the ninth part in an ongoing series reviewing proposed changes to the Department of Public Safety (DPS) rules and law by the Texas Sunset Advisory Commission (Sunset Commission). As we discussed previously, DPS is being reviewed by the Texas Sunset Advisory Commission, which has prepared its report for the Texas Legislature in the […]

Sunset Commission Proposal that DPS be Required to Establish a Process to Informally Resolve Complaints

This is the eighth part in an ongoing series reviewing proposed changes to the Department of Public Safety (DPS) rules and law by the Texas Sunset Advisory Commission (Sunset Commission). As we discussed previously, DPS is being reviewed by the Texas Sunset Advisory Commission, which has prepared its report for the Texas Legislature in the […]