Texas State Library and Archives Commission

Texas State Board of Plumbing Examiners:

An Inventory of Records at the Texas State Archives, 1947-2002 (bulk 1989-2000)



Overview

Creator: Texas State Board of Plumbing Examiners.
Title: Records
Dates: 1947-2002
Dates: (bulk 1989-2000)
Abstract: Records are minutes, agenda, meeting supporting documents, reports, complaints, agreements, administrative correspondence, and press releases of the Texas State Board of Plumbing Examiners. Dates covered are 1947-2002, bulk dating 1989-2000. Summary documentation of the agency from its earliest days to the present can be found in the series Meeting files. Administrative correspondence reflects the interaction of the agency administrator with the Board members and also covers issues of concern to the Board for discussion at their meetings. Press releases announce changes in the Plumbing License Law.
Quantity: 7.19 cubic ft.
Language English.
Repository: Texas State Archives

Agency History

The Texas Board of Plumbing Examiners was created by Senate Bill 11, 50th Legislature, Regular Session, in 1947. It is composed of nine members (original board had six members, increased to nine in the 1980s), appointed by the Governor with the advice and consent of the Senate. One member is to have ten years experience as a master plumber; one a plumbing contractor with five years experience; one a certified journeyman plumber with five years experience; one a licensed sanitary engineer; two members must be building contractors with five years contracting experience--one at home building, the other at commercial building; and one with five years experience as a plumbing inspector. Two members represent the general public. The members elect the chair.

The goal of the Board is to protect the public health through an efficient and equitable system of licensing. The Board upholds the Plumbing License Law by examining and licensing master plumbers, journeymen plumbers, and plumbing inspectors. The Board also investigates complaints and visits cities to check licenses. In 1987 the Legislature gave the Board the authority to issue citations for violations of the Plumbing License Law. Until recently, the Plumbing License Law only applied to cities of more than 5,000, but the law encouraged smaller municipalities to voluntarily adopt its provisions and plumbing codes. In 1993, the 73rd Legislature changed the law to require all cities, towns, villages, and owners of public water systems to utilize a plumbing code similar to the state code. Also in 1993, the 73rd Legislature directed the Board, in coordination with the Department of Health, to regulate the installation of piping used to transport gases for medical purposes to safeguard the public against the unintended cross-connection of breathable and lethal medical gases. This Legislature also instructed the Board to issue endorsements to inspect public water systems, valid for three years, to master and journeyman plumbers. Additionally, changes in 1993 included the requirement of six hours of continuing education for all plumbers seeking license renewals.

The Board is headed by an administrator, who works with a staff of eighteen. There are three units: Examinations Unit, Fiscal Unit, and Field Services Unit.


Scope and Contents of the Records

Records are minutes, agenda, meeting supporting documents, reports, complaints, agreements, administrative correspondence, and press releases of the Texas State Board of Plumbing Examiners. Dates covered are 1947-2002, bulk dating 1989-2000. Summary documentation of the agency from its earliest days to the present can be found in the series Meeting files. Administrative correspondence reflects the interaction of the agency administrator with the Board members and also covers issues of concern to the Board for discussion at their meetings. Press releases announce changes in the Plumbing License Law. Topics covered in these records include changes to rules and regulations of the board, licensing of plumbers, continuing education, and investigations of violations of the Plumbing License law. The function of the Board is to protect the public health through an efficient and equitable system of licensing plumbers and investigating complaints.


 

Organization of the Records

These records are organized into three series and two subseries.
Meeting files, 1947-2002 (bulk 1989-2000), 6.95 cubic ft.
  • Minutes, 1947-2002, 0.95 cubic ft.
  • Meeting supporting documents, 1947-2000 (bulk 1989-2000), 6 cubic ft.
Administrative correspondence, 1986-1994 (bulk 1988-1992), 0.24 cubic ft.
Press releases, 1987, fractional

Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

Because of the possibility that portions of these records fall under Public Information Act exceptions including, but not limited to, home addresses and phone numbers of government employees and officials (V.T.C.A., Government Code, Section 552.117), social security numbers (V.T.C.A., Government Code, Section 552.101), and licensing exam test results (V.T.C.A., Government Code, Section 552.122); an archivist must review these records before they can be accessed for research. The records may be requested for research under the provisions of the Public Information Act (V.T.C.A., Government Code, Chapter 552). The researcher may request an interview with an archivist or submit a request by mail, fax, or email including enough description and detail about the information requested to enable the archivist to accurately identify and locate the information requested. If our review reveals information that may be excepted by the Public Information Act, we are obligated to seek an open records decision from the Attorney General on whether the records can be released. The Public Information Act allows the Archives ten working days after receiving a request to make this determination. The Attorney General has 45 working days to render a decision. Alternately, the Archives can inform you of the nature of the potentially excepted information and if you agree, that information can be redacted or removed and you can access the remainder of the records.

Restrictions on Use

Most records created by Texas state agencies are not copyrighted and may be freely used in any way. State records also include materials received by, not created by, state agencies. Copyright remains with the creator. The researcher is responsible for complying with U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17 U.S.C.).

Technical Requirements

None.


Index Terms

The terms listed here were used to catalog the records. The terms can be used to find similar or related records.
Subjects:
Plumbers--Texas--State supervision.
Document Types:
Correspondence--Texas--Plumbers--1986-2000.
Minutes--Texas--Plumbers--1947-2002.
Press releases--Texas--Plumbers--1987.
Agendas--Texas--Plumbers--1948-2000.
Reports--Texas--Plumbers--1989-2000.
Functions:
Regulating plumbers.

Related Material

The following materials are offered as possible sources of further information on the agencies and subjects covered by the records. The listing is not exhaustive.

Texas State Archives
None.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

(Identify the item and cite the series), Records, Texas State Board of Plumbing Examiners. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

Accession Information

Accession numbers: 1996/123, 1996/124, 1998/029, 1998/040, 2003/192, 2012/119

These records were transferred to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by the State Board of Plumbing Examiners on July 22, 1996; October 28 and November 19, 1997; and August 20, 2003; and the Texas Legislative Reference Library on March 27, 2002 (reaccessioned on February 3, 2012).

Processing Information

Laura K. Saegert, July 1996, November 1997, October 2002, October 2004


Detailed Description of the Records

 

Meeting files, 1947-2002 (bulk 1989-2000),
6.95 cubic ft.

The files include minutes, drafts of minutes, notes, agenda, memoranda, correspondence, resolutions, proposed rules and regulations, proposed legislation, committee reports, topical reports (budget, legislation, inspections, etc.), reports on the evaluation and revision of the plumbing examination, Attorney General opinions, complaints, settlement agreements, orders, photographs, plumbing exam applications, blank exams, form letters, exam statistics, grade sheets, and an occasional college transcript. These are the meeting files of the Texas State Board of Plumbing Examiners and its standing committees, dating 1947-2002, bulk dating 1989-2000. Meeting supporting documents include meeting materials sent to board members for their review prior to meetings along with documents concerning agenda items but not mailed out to board members. Items discussed at the meetings include applications, issuance of plumbing licenses, investigation of violations of the Plumbing License Law, examinations, continuing education, and changes to rules and regulations. Minutes are present for 1947-2002, agenda are present for 1948-2000, and files of meeting supporting documents are present for 1947-2000.
Organization
These records are organized into two subseries.
Minutes, 1947-2002, 0.95 cubic ft.
Meeting supporting documents, 1947-2000 (bulk 1989-2000), 6 cubic ft.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item and cite the subseries), Meeting files, Records, Texas State Board of Plumbing Examiners. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Accession Information
Accession numbers: 1996/123, 1998/029, 1998/040, 2003/192
These records were transferred to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by the State Board of Plumbing Examiners on July 22, 1996; October 28 and November 19, 1997; and August 20, 2003.
Restrictions on Access
Because of the possibility that portions of these records fall under Public Information Act exceptions including, but not limited to, home addresses and phone numbers of government employees and officials (V.T.C.A., Government Code, Section 552.117), social security numbers (V.T.C.A., Government Code, Section 552.101), and licensing exam test results (V.T.C.A., Government Code, Section 552.122); an archivist must review these records before they can be accessed for research. The records may be requested for research under the provisions of the Public Information Act (V.T.C.A., Government Code, Chapter 552). The researcher may request an interview with an archivist or submit a request by mail, fax, or email including enough description and detail about the information requested to enable the archivist to accurately identify and locate the information requested. If our review reveals information that may be excepted by the Public Information Act, we are obligated to seek an open records decision from the Attorney General on whether the records can be released. The Public Information Act allows the Archives ten working days after receiving a request to make this determination. The Attorney General has 45 working days to render a decision. Alternately, the Archives can inform you of the nature of the potentially excepted information and if you agree, that information can be redacted or removed and you can access the remainder of the records. These restrictions apply to the Meeting supporting documents.
Restrictions on Use
None.
Processed by
Laura K. Saegert, July 1996, November 1997, October 2004
Minutes, 1947-2002,
0.95 cubic ft.
The files include minutes of the Texas State Board of Plumbing Examiners and its standing committees, meeting agenda, occasional copies of correspondence to the Board discussed at the meeting, resolutions, copies of proposed rules, and quarterly statistics on exams. Dates of the minutes are 1947-2002, meeting agenda date from mid-1989 to 1992. Items discussed at the meetings include applications, issuance of plumbing licenses, investigation of violations of the Plumbing License Law, examinations, continuing education, and changes to rules and regulations. Meeting agenda from 1948 to 2000 are present in the series Meeting supporting documents.
Arrangement
There are two groups of minutes and some duplication in the years 1989-1995. Both sets of minutes were maintained to ensure complete coverage of those years. The first group of minutes is arranged in reverse chronological order. The rest of the minutes are arranged in chronological order, by date of the meeting.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Minutes, Meeting files, Records, Texas State Board of Plumbing Examiners. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Accession Information
Accession numbers: 1996/123, 1998/029, 1998/040, 2003/192
These records were transferred to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by the State Board of Plumbing Examiners on July 22, 1996; October 28 and November 19, 1997; and August 20, 2003.
Processed by
Laura K. Saegert, July 1996, November 1997, October 2004
Box
1996/123-1 September, November 1995
May, July 1995
January, March 1995
July, September, November 1994
January, March, May 1994
July, September, November 1993
January, March, May 1993
July, September, November 1992
January, March, May 1992
September, November 1991
January, March, May, July 1991
July, September, November 1990
January, March, May 1990; November 1989
May, July, September 1989
1947
1948-1949
1950
1951
1952
1953
1954-1956
1957-1959
1960-1962
1963-1964
1965
1966-1967
1968-1969
1970
1971
1972-1973
1974-1975
1976
1977
1978
1979
1980
1981
1982
April, June, August 1983
April 1984
July, September, December 1984
March, May 1985
June, November 1985
February, May, June 1986
September 1986; February, October 1987
February, May, July 1988
September 1988; January, March 1989
May, July, September 1989
November 1989; January, March, May 1990
July, September, November 1990
Box
1996/123-2 January, March, May, July 1991
September, November 1991
January, March, May 1992
July, September, November 1992
January, March, May 1993
July, September, November 1993
January, March, May, 1994
July, September, November 1994
January, March 1995
May, July 1995
September, November 1995
January, March, May 1996
July, September, November 1996
January, March, May, July 1997
Box
2003/192-1 September, November 1997
January, March, May 1998
July, August, November 1998
January, March, May 1999
July, September, December 1999
February, April , May 2000
July, September, November 2000
January, March, July 2001
September, December 2001
January, April 2002
July 2002
Meeting supporting documents, 1947-2000 (bulk 1989-2000),
6 cubic ft.
The files include minutes, drafts of minutes, notes, agenda, memoranda, correspondence, resolutions, proposed rules and regulations, proposed legislation, committee reports, topical reports (budget, legislation, inspections, etc.), reports on the evaluation and revision of the plumbing examination, Attorney General opinions, complaints, settlement agreements, orders, photographs, plumbing exam applications, blank exams, form letters, exam statistics, grade sheets, sign in sheets, speaker cards, and an occasional college transcript. These are the meeting files of the Texas State Board of Plumbing Examiners and its standing committees, dating 1947-2000, bulk dating 1989-2000. Meeting supporting documents include meeting materials sent to board members for their review prior to meetings along with documents concerning agenda items but not mailed out to board members. Items discussed at the meetings include applications, issuance of plumbing licenses, investigation of violations of the Plumbing License Law, examinations, continuing education, hearings, and changes to rules and regulations. Correspondence includes letters of recommendation from businesses or local governments in support of applicants for plumbing licenses, letters with applicants and licensees, letters with trade unions and trade organizations, the Attorney General's Office, the State Office of Administrative Hearings, and the general public. Most letters are addressed to the administrator of the board.
There are two sets of meeting files for the years 1989-1991, the administrator's copy and the file copy. In several instances original materials were found in both sets of files for a meeting, often not duplicated in the other file, so both sets of files were retained. Separate files of meeting agenda are present for 1948-1989. Beginning in May 1989, the agenda are filed with the meeting supporting documents, along with minutes of the previous meeting. A set of drafts (with notes) of meeting minutes exists for 1963-1992.
Arrangement
Drafts of minutes and agendas are filed first, followed by the meeting supporting documents, arranged chronologically by the date of the meeting.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Meeting supporting documents, Meeting files, Records, Texas State Board of Plumbing Examiners. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Accession Information
Accession numbers: 1996/123, 1998/029, 1998/040, 2003/192
These records were transferred to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by the State Board of Plumbing Examiners on July 22, 1996; October 28 and November 19, 1997; and August 20, 2003.
Restrictions on Access
Because of the possibility that portions of these records fall under Public Information Act exceptions including, but not limited to, home addresses and phone numbers of government employees and officials (V.T.C.A., Government Code, Section 552.117), social security numbers (V.T.C.A., Government Code, Section 552.101), and licensing exam test results (V.T.C.A., Government Code, Section 552.122); an archivist must review these records before they can be accessed for research. The records may be requested for research under the provisions of the Public Information Act (V.T.C.A., Government Code, Chapter 552). The researcher may request an interview with an archivist or submit a request by mail, fax, or email including enough description and detail about the information requested to enable the archivist to accurately identify and locate the information requested. If our review reveals information that may be excepted by the Public Information Act, we are obligated to seek an open records decision from the Attorney General on whether the records can be released. The Public Information Act allows the Archives ten working days after receiving a request to make this determination. The Attorney General has 45 working days to render a decision. Alternately, the Archives can inform you of the nature of the potentially excepted information and if you agree, that information can be redacted or removed and you can access the remainder of the records.
Processed by
Laura K. Saegert, July 1996, November 1997, October 2004
Box
2003/192-2 Board meeting, October 13, 1947
Board meeting, December 8, 1947
Meeting agenda, 1948-1968
Meeting agenda, 1969-1989
Meeting minutes, rough drafts:
1963-1964
1965-1968
1969-1972
1973-1976
1977-1980
1981-1984
1985-1988
1989-1992
Meeting supporting documents:
Lynn Brown, Administrator, May 8, 1989
Board meeting, file copy, May 8, 1989
Lynn Brown, Administrator, July 10, 1989
Board meeting, file copy, July 10, 1989
Lynn Brown, Administrator, September 11, 1989
Board meeting, file copy, September 11, 1989
Lynn Brown, Administrator, November 13, 1989
Board meeting, file copy, November 13, 1989
Lynn Brown, Administrator, January 8, 1990
Board meeting, file copy, January 8, 1990
Lynn Brown, Administrator, March 12, 1990
Board meeting, file copy, March 12, 1990
Lynn Brown, Administrator, May 14, 1990
Board meeting, file copy, May 14, 1990
Lynn Brown, Administrator, July 9, 1990
Board meeting, file copy, July 9, 1990
Lynn Brown, Administrator, September 10, 1990
Board meeting, file copy, September 10, 1990
Lynn Brown, Administrator, November 12, 1990
Philip Lord, November 12, 1990
Board meeting, file copy, November 12, 1990
Board meeting:
January 14, 1991
March 11, 1991
Box
2003/192-3 May 13, 1991
July 8, 1991
September 9, 1991
November 18, 1991
January 13, 1992
March 9, 1992
May 11, 1992
July 13, 1992
September 14, 1992
November 9, 1992
January 6, 1993
March 8, 1993
May 10, 1993
July 19, 1993
September 13, 1993
November 8, 1993
Board meeting agenda, January 10, 1994
Board meeting materials, January 10, 1994
Board meeting agenda, March 14, 1994
Board meeting materials, March 14, 1994
Board meeting agenda, May 9, 1994
Board meeting materials, May 9, 1994
[2 folders]
Board meeting agenda, July 11, 1994
Board meeting materials, July 11, 1994
Board meeting agenda, September 19, 1994
Board meeting minutes, September 19, 1994
Board meeting materials, November 14, 1994
Box
2003/192-4 Board meeting materials, November 14, 1994
[2 folders]
Board meeting agenda, November 14, 1994
Board meeting materials, January 9, 1994
[4 folders]
Board meeting agenda, January 9, 1994
Board meeting agenda, March 13, 1995
Board meeting materials, March 13, 1995
Board meeting materials, May 8, 1995
Board meeting materials, July 10, 1995
Specially called board meeting [meeting materials,] September 27, 1995
[5 folders]
Specially called board meeting, September 27, 1995
Board meeting agenda, November 6, 1995
Board meeting agenda [and meeting materials], January 8, 1996
Board meeting agenda, March 20, 1996
Board meeting materials, March 20, 1996
[2 folders]
Box
2003/192-5 Board meeting materials, May 13, 1996
[5 folders]
Board meeting agenda, May 13, 1996
Board meeting agenda [and meeting materials]:
July 8, 1996
September 9, 1996
November 12, 1996
[Meeting materials,] January 13, 1997
Minutes, January 13, 1997
March 10, 1997
September 8, 1997
Box
2003/192-6 November 10, 1997
Box
2003/196-6 Board meeting packets:
Box
2003/192-6 January 12, 1998
March 9, 1998
May 11, 1998
July 13, 1998
Board meeting minutes, July 12, 1998
Board meeting materials, July 12, 1998
Board meeting packet, September 14, 1998
Board meeting packet, November 9, 1998
Board meeting minutes, January 11, 1999
Board meeting agenda, January 11, 1999
Board meeting materials, January 11, 1999
[2 folders]
Board meeting agenda [and meeting materials,] March 8, 1999
Board meeting agenda [and meeting materials,] May 10, 1999
Box
2003/192-7 Board meeting minutes [and meeting materials,] September 13, 1999
Board meeting agenda [and meeting materials,] November 8, 1999
Specially called board meeting [meeting materials,] cancelled, November 17, 1999
Specially called board meeting [meeting materials,] December 13, 1999
Board meeting minutes [and meeting materials,] January 10, 2000
Specially called board meeting [meeting materials,] February 28, 2000
Board meeting minutes [and meeting materials,] April 17, 2000
Board meeting minutes [and meeting materials,] May 22, 2000
Board meeting agenda [and meeting materials]:
July 10, 2000
September 11, 2000
November 13, 2000
November 13, 2000



 

Administrative correspondence, 1986-1994 (bulk 1988-1992),
0.24 cubic ft.

This is administrative correspondence of the members of the State Board of Plumbing Examiners. Dates covered are 1986-1994 (bulk 1988-1992). These are largely copies of outgoing letters sent by the agency Administrator to Board members, informing them of upcoming meetings, presenting information about current or upcoming issues the Board is considering, informing members about legislative or other committee appointments, and about upcoming hearings. Attachments to the letters largely consist of copies of agenda for upcoming meetings, minutes from previous meetings, or letters sent to the administrator from other state officials or agencies. A few letters refer to attachments that are not present. Following the central files are individual correspondence files of three board members and a chart listing all members of the board from 1947-1989. Letters of appointment from the governor are present in the individual member files, and one also contains photographs of that commissioner. Most of the materials were centrally filed.
Arrangement
Correspondence is arranged in reverse chronological order with a few files of individual members present at the end of the central files.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Administrative correspondence, Records, Texas State Board of Plumbing Examiners. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Accession Information
Accession number: 1996/124
These records were transferred to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by the State Board of Plumbing Examiners on July 22, 1996.
Restrictions on Access
Because of the possibility that portions of these records fall under Public Information Act exceptions including, but not limited to, home addresses and phone numbers of government employees and officials (V.T.C.A., Government Code, Section 552.117), an archivist must review these records before they can be accessed for research. The records may be requested for research under the provisions of the Public Information Act (V.T.C.A., Government Code, Chapter 552). The researcher may request an interview with an archivist or submit a request by mail, fax, or email including enough description and detail about the information requested to enable the archivist to accurately identify and locate the information requested. If our review reveals information that may be excepted by the Public Information Act, we are obligated to seek an open records decision from the Attorney General on whether the records can be released. The Public Information Act allows the Archives ten working days after receiving a request to make this determination. The Attorney General has 45 working days to render a decision. Alternately, the Archives can inform you of the nature of the potentially excepted information and if you agree, that information can be redacted or removed and you can access the remainder of the records.
Restrictions on Use
None.
Processed by
Laura K. Saegert, July 1996
Box
1996/124-1 Administrative correspondence:
1992
June-December 1991
January-April 1991
September-December 1990
February-August 1990
1989
1986-1988
Gerald L. Harris, 1988, 1994
Jerry Moore, 1992-1994
Allison R. Smith, 1987-1988, 1992
Appointment data of Plumbing Board members, 1989-1991 (covers years 1947-1997)



 

Press releases, 1987,
fractional

These records are press releases issued by the Texas State Board of Plumbing Examiners in 1987. The releases concern changes in the Plumbing License Law.
Arrangement
These records are arranged chronologically.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Press releases, Records, Texas State Board of Plumbing Examiners. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Accession Information
Accession number: 2012/119
These records were transferred to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by the Texas Legislative Reference Library on March 27, 2002 (reaccessioned on February 3, 2012).
Processed by
Laura K. Saegert, October 2002
Box
1996/124-1 Press releases, 1987