Abbott extends State Plumbing Board until 2021 after Legislature abolished it
The State Board of Plumbing Examiners was set to go away on Sept. 1. Lawmakers failed to renew it during Sunset Review last month, but Gov. Abbott ordered it to stick around last week.
Operations Manager for Lowery Plumbing Mark Branscome said without licensing and regulations it can be a dangerous profession.
"It would seem to be that everybody could open up a plumbing company and that might benefit consumers because cost would be driven down," he said. "However, risks would be inflated considerably. And so it is a very good thing that we're able to continue our industry with some regulation and with licensing as it is seen fit for the next couple of years."
The Governor said it's necessary because plumbers are needed to help repair the Gulf Coast after Hurricane Harvey.