House Representative

Burkett, Cindy

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 01/17/2017

Rep. Burkett Files Bill to Remove Fee-Setting Authority from Unelected Bureaucrats

AUSTIN - Today, State Representative Cindy Burkett (HD-113) filed HB 1055, which prohibits state agencies from increasing professional licensing fees and returns this authority to the Texas Legislature.

"It is impossible to conduct business without having to pay mandatory licensing fees if you are a barber, athletic trainer, dietician, realtor, or any of the other professions that are regulated by the state. In some cases there is little to no stability in these rates, and Texans are left with no recourse. Not only do these mandatory fees present a barrier to employment, but they are arbitrarily set by unelected bureaucrats who are not accountable to the people being forced to pay the fee," said Rep. Burkett.

HB 1055 adds transparency and accountability to professional licensing fees by providing citizens a voice through their elected representatives. In order to increase a fee, an agency would have to request permission from the Texas Legislature and defend any proposed increased.

Representative Burkett was just sworn in to a fourth term representing House District 113, which includes: Balch Springs, Combine, Dallas, Garland, Mesquite, Rowlett, Seagoville, and Sunnyvale

Contact: John McCord