Texas Board of Professional Geoscientists:
An Inventory of Board of Professional Geoscientists Minutes and Agenda at the Texas State Archives, 2002-2006
The Texas Board of Professional Geoscientists was created in 2001 (Senate Bill 405, 77th Texas Legislature, Regular Session) to protect public health, safety, welfare and the state's natural resources by ensuring that only qualified persons carry out the public practice of geoscience, defined by the enabling statute as "the science of the earth and its origin and history, the investigation of the earth's environment and its constituent soils, rocks, minerals, fossil fuels, solids, and fluids, and the study of the natural and introduced agents, forces, and processes that cause changes in and on the earth." The board licenses all geoscientists practicing in Texas (geologists, geophysicists, and soil scientists). The board is composed of nine members, all appointed by the governor with the advice and consent of the state senate for staggered six-year terms: six of the members must be licensed geoscientists, and three represent the general public.
(Sources include: the agency's Strategic Plan mounted on the agency web site (http://www.tbpg.state.tx.us/StratPlan2.doc), accessed September 18, 2006; and the enabling legislation, 2001, 2003.)
The Texas Board of Professional Geoscientists protects public health, safety, welfare and the state's natural resources by ensuring that only qualified persons carry out the public practice of geoscience (geologists, geophysicists, and soil scientists). These records document that function, and consist of copies of agenda and summaries of minutes of the Texas Board of Professional Geoscientists, dating 2002-2006. The summaries of minutes document staff reports, committee reports, work group reports, the proposal and adoption of administrative rules, development and administration of examinations, actions on applications for transcript and reference forms waiver requests, approval of qualifying work experience in lieu of educational requirements, etc. Committees include the following: Licensing Rules Committee, Legislative Appropriations Committee, Strategic Plan Committee, Financial Review Committee, Application Review Committee, Compliance and Enforcement Committee, and General Issues Committee.
To prepare this inventory, the described materials were cursorily reviewed to delineate series, to confirm the accuracy of contents lists, to provide an estimate of dates covered, and to determine record types.
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(Identify the item), Texas Board of Professional Geoscientists minutes and agenda. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Accession numbers: 2006/215, 2007/066
These records were transferred to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by the Texas Board of Professional Geoscientists on February 15, 2006; and November 21, 2006.
Tony Black, March 2006, November 2006
The Texas Board of Professional Geoscientists regularly transfers copies of its minutes to the Texas State Archives.
The Texas Board of Professional Geoscientists has mounted its recent minutes and agenda (some in HTML format, some in PDF format) on the agency website (http://www.tbpg.state.tx.us/meetings.html.)
The record copies of minutes and agenda are maintained by the Texas Board of Professional Geoscientists.
Detailed Description of the Records