Nurses

Expanding Access to High-Quality Healthcare using Advanced Pract

Texas needs to develop a more efficient regulatory model when it comes to Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs). Currently, Texas law grants APRNs prescriptive authority under a site-based model first enacted in 1989 that included sites serving medically underserved populations. In the decades since, amendments added physician primary practice sites, then facility based practices and, finally, alternate practice ...more »

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Brewers and Beer Manufacturers

Allow breweries to sell to consumers on brewery premise

Currently, Texas breweries (holders of either a Manufacturers License or Brewers Permit) are restricted from selling their products to consumers who visit the brewery premise. In other states, breweries are allowed to sell at their on-site tap rooms, with the funds used to re-invest in their production capabilities or expand marketing efforts. Out-of-state craft breweries competing in this state have an advantage over ...more »

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The Texas Red Tape Challenge and Crowdsourcing

User Friendly Upgrades and Spreading the Word Might do the Trick

I was made aware of The Texas Red Tape Challenge by my political science professor in my Graduate Program and as an avid consumer of information regarding various topics, and I was upset that I did not hear about this opportunity earlier. I recently heard about another similar idea through the U.S. government called the U.S. Cyber Challenge and I think that it is a very proactive and cheap way to get input and ideas from ...more »

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State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (Testing)

Testing, Testing and more Testing

As a parent with 3 children in the Cy-fair School District, I can say that even thru elementary, the kids are always studying for a test or being tested. It is as simple as a spelling test all the way up to benchmarks and STARRS. When I graduated from high school in 1995, we had the TAKS test and our regular class tests, but we were taught, taught by teachers who loved to see our glowing eyes as we learned, learned about ...more »

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Shampoo Licenses

TDLR recommends abolishing shampoo licenses

During the recent Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR) strategic planning process, we received feedback from the public and the cosmetology industry about eliminating the shampoo apprentice permit required under Sec. 1602.267 of the Cosmetology Law and Sec. 1601.261 of the Barbering Law, and the shampoo certificate as defined in Sec. 83.20(e) of the Cosmetology Administrative Rules and Sec. 82.20(j) of ...more »

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Brewpubs

Allow Brewpubs to Sell to Distributors

Currently, Texas law prohibits brewpubs from selling their beer to wholesalers/distributors. This means the only place you can buy a brewpub's beer is at their brewpub. Meanwhile, out-of-state brewpubs are allowed to do this. This limits the potential market for Texas brewpubs and restricts their growth.

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Process Servers

End Judicial Regulation of Process Servers

In June 2005, after the Texas Legislature refused for the 14th time to regulate private process servers by statute, the Supreme Court implemented by Rule, full occupational regulation of process servers without any enabling legislation and in defiance of clear legislative intent. TX Govt Code, Sec. 318.001 clearly establishes that all occupational regulation is the jurisdiction of the Legislature; and until the Supreme ...more »

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School Start Date

Uniform statewide school start date preferred

As a camp owner and seasonal employer, I feel the uniform school start date benefits both Texas families with children in different schools and young people who need summer jobs working in Texas. As a parent, grandparent and business person, I realize there are diverse opinions but do feel the uniform start date, whatever it may be, is of greatest benefit. One large plus to the current date is the utility and related ...more »

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Brewpubs

Eliminate the 5,000 barrel per year limitation

This regulation is completely against the idea of the free market. A brewpub should be allowed to produce as much or a little as consumer demand provides.

This regulation suppresses small, local brewers across the state of Texas. We should not limit the potential of a small business. The elimination of this regulation would be more aligned with Texas and free market values.

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High School Curriculum (4X4) Mandates

Revise Public Education

For the last 40+ years Texas education has focused on preparing students for college. In examining this tract, how may students have failed to graduate from high school and how many of those that attended college actually graduated. It is my opinion that Texas has failed in providing education to the bulk of students that seek skills in industrial, construction, agricultural, and mechanical fields. Germany is providing ...more »

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Geoscientists

Continuation of Regulation

Regulation should be continued , in general, as presently in force. It may not be perfect but it beats the next best alternate.

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Geoscientists

Geoscience Licensing: Ethics Protects the Public

I recently served as an expert witness for a case that hinged upon classification of an aquifer. This determination was key to establishing the clean up goals for the site. The other party presented tests and data that were obviously biased toward a no clean up option. No clean up also meant the public would be exposed to the contaminants. Other testing demonstrated a much different classification for the aquifer, ...more »

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