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Advocacy Update: When We Do The Numbers

There is a primary run-off election on May 24.  VOTE—in the same primary you voted in last month!  (If you did not vote in the March 1 primary election, you can still vote in the run-off, so long as you are registered by April 25.)  After May 24, you can relax until fall.  Looking ahead, there are officially 16 Senate and 150 House seats up for grabs November 8.  A closer look, however, lessens the suspense. We see that only four (4) Senate and 54 House races were not already ultimately decided when a primary winner was chosen.  166 minus…

Advocacy Update: TBAE to Publish Proposed Rule Changes for Comment

At its February 25 meeting, the Texas Board of Architectural Examiners (TBAE) approved publishing proposed rule changes regarding reciprocal licensing in the Texas Register. The agency will request public comment within the required 30-day period following publication, which is expected in the March 18 Register. -photo by iStock Photo The issue will also include the formal announcement of rules approved at the February meeting. These recently approved rules deal with registration of military service members, veterans and spouses; eligibility to petition for rulemaking; and reference cleanup related to elimination of the $200 annual license tax, among others. Members are encouraged…

Advocacy Update: 2016 Election — Who We Are Supporting

​ Most elections these days are effectively decided in the primaries; more legislative races are over once the primary winners are determined in the spring than in the November general election. When did this become the case — and why? In Texas, two watershed, off-cycle (non-presidential) elections in 2002 and 2010 confirmed in the House of Representatives what was already evident in the Senate and statewide offices — Texas is now solidly (if not overwhelmingly) Republican. Those Republican landslide elections made the party margins in both chambers about 2-to-1 Republican over Democrat.  ​Texas State Capitol building – photo by istockphoto Both…

Advocacy Update: Getting “Trump-ed” by Negative Politics? Don’t Let It Get You Down.

​ At the most basic level, being an active citizen is really easy — just register and vote.  This year to vote in the Texas primary election you must be registered to vote by next Monday, February 1. Your Texas Primary Election Day is March 1, and early voting begins February 16th through February 26th. You can vote for a candidate, party, or political philosophy — or you can vote against overblown, nasty rhetoric, and bombastic non-responses by those who seek your support without really doing anything to earn it. But since most candidates are effectively elected in party primaries rather…

Advocacy Update: SAC Meeting Report

Happy 2013…and best wishes for a prosperous, successful year! This is the first of two reports regarding the latest news from the Sunset Advisory Commission (SAC). At its last meeting of the year, which took place on December 19, the 12-member panel took final action on staff recommendations for the Texas Board of Architectural Examiners (TBAE) and considered staff proposals for the Texas Facilities Commission (TFC). The Society took exception with only one TBAE-related item: the length of time until the next SAC review. Staff had recommended that it be done in six years, just prior to the 2019 legislative…