Texas State Library and Archives Commission

Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation:

An Inventory of Department of Licensing and Regulation Records at the Texas State Archives, 1971-1998, 2002-2006



Overview

Creator: Texas. Dept. of Licensing and Regulation.
Title: Department of Licensing and Regulation records
Dates: 1971-1998, 2002-2006
Abstract: The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation--and its predecessor the Texas Department of Labor and Standards (1973-1989)--is charged with the administration and enforcement of industrial laws affecting the welfare (including health and safety) of employees, employers and the general public in Texas. In 1989, purely labor functions were transferred to the Texas Employment Commission, and the new Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation became the state's umbrella occupational regulatory agency, responsible for the regulation of 23 occupations and industries. These functions (particularly the latter) are documented in these records, which include minutes, summaries of minutes, agenda, meeting attachments (correspondence, memoranda, reports, rules, litigation, attendance sheets, transcripts, etc.), press releases, and a brochure, dating 1971-1998 and 2002-2006.
Quantity: 2 cubic ft.
Language: These materials are written in English.
Repository: Texas State Archives

Agency History

The Texas Bureau of Labor Statistics was created in 1909 (House Bill 109, 31st Texas Legislature), headed by a commissioner appointed by the governor for a two-year term. The bureau was charged with collecting statistical information concerning the commercial, social, educational, and sanitary conditions of Texas employees and their families. Gradually the legislature added powers of administration and enforcement of industrial laws affecting the welfare of employees, employers and the general public, including wages, hours, timeliness of payment, health, safety, morals, child labor, etc. As of 1972, there were seven divisions: Labor Law, Safety, Employment Agency (to staff the Private Employment Agency Regulatory Board), Boxing and Wrestling, Boiler Inspection, Mobile Homes (to inspect electrical, plumbing, and heating, and body and frame design and construction of manufactured housing), and Accounting and Personnel. There were eventually twenty investigative field offices. In 1973 (House Bill 901, 63rd Texas Legislature) the name was changed to the Texas Department of Labor and Standards. The commissioner of the Department of Labor and Standards was advised by the following advisory bodies: the Private Employment Agency Regulatory Board, the Performance Certification Board for Mobile Homes, the Board of Boiler Rules, the Industrialized Building Code Council, the Manufactured Homeowners' Recovery Fund Board of Trustees, and the Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Contractors Advisory Board.

In 1989 (House Bill 863, 71st Texas Legislature), not only was the agency's name changed again, to Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation, but a six-member Commission of Licensing and Regulation, appointed by the governor to six-year overlapping terms and confirmed by the Senate, was created to act as the governing body. Purely labor functions were transferred to the Texas Employment Commission (renamed the Texas Workforce Commission in 1995). The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation became the state's umbrella occupational regulatory agency, responsible for the regulation of 23 occupations and industries. As of January 2007, these areas include the following programs: eleven businesses and occupations (barbering, combative sports, cosmetologists, for-profit legal services, loss damage waivers, personnel employment services, service contract providers, staff leasing services, talent agencies, temporary common worker providers, and vehicle protection product warrantors), three professions (auctioneers, licensed court interpreters, property tax consultants), six building and mechanical industries (air conditioning and refrigeration, architectural barriers, boiler safety, electricians, elevator/escalator safety, industrialized housing and buildings), and three natural resources industries (water well drillers, water well pump installers, weather modification). In 2005 (Senate Bill 411, 79th Texas Legislature), the Texas Board of Barber Examiners and the Texas Cosmetology Commission were both abolished, and those functions transferred to the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation. The commission issues licenses, certificates, or registrations; manages records; investigates complaints; and pursues appropriate legal remedies.

The commission, increased to seven members in 2003 (Senate Bill 279, 78th Texas Legislature), and the executive director whom the commission appoints, are assisted by the following advisory bodies: the Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Contractors Advisory Board (six members), the Architectural Barriers Advisory Committee (nine members), the Auctioneer Education Advisory Board (eight members), the Barbering Advisory Board (five members), the Board of Boiler Rules (nine members), the Texas Cosmetology Advisory Board (five members), the Electrical Safety and Licensing Advisory Board (nine members), the Elevator Advisory Board (thirteen members), the Texas Industrialized Building Code Council (twelve members), the Licensed Court Interpreter Advisory Board (nine members), the Medical Advisory Committee (unknown number of members), the Property Tax Consultants Advisory Council (six members), the Service Contract Providers Advisory Board (six members), the Water Well Drillers Advisory Council (nine members), and the Texas Weather Modification Advisory Committee (five members).

(Sources include: Guide to Texas State Agencies, 4th edition (1972) and 11th edition (2001); the article on "Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation" by John G. Johnson in the New Handbook of Texas online; the agency web site (http://www.license.state.tx.us/about.htm) (both websites accessed January 2007); and the enabling legislation, 1909, 1973, 1989, 2003, 2005.)


Scope and Contents of the Records

The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation--and its predecessor the Texas Department of Labor and Standards (1973-1989)--is charged with the administration and enforcement of industrial laws affecting the welfare (including health and safety) of employees, employers and the general public in Texas. In 1989, purely labor functions were transferred to the Texas Employment Commission, and the new Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation became the state's umbrella occupational regulatory agency, responsible for the regulation of 23 occupations and industries. These functions (particularly the latter) are documented in these records, which include minutes, summaries of minutes, agenda, meeting attachments (correspondence, memoranda, reports, rules, litigation, attendance sheets, transcripts, etc.), press releases, and a brochure, dating 1971-1998 and 2002-2006.

The copies of the Commission summaries of minutes, for meetings of the Texas Commission of Licensing and Regulation, date 1989-1997 and 2002-2006. Each one contains a certification by the agency's general counsel. These summaries briefly but thoroughly explain the actions of the commission on rules proposed and adopted, final orders, final actions on dockets, legislative appropriations requests and budgets, legislation, litigation, status of the Homeowners Recovery Fund, appointments to committees and other advisory bodies, personnel actions, etc.

Advisory bodies minutes and agenda include copies of the minutes, summaries of minutes, occasional agenda, and attachments (correspondence, memoranda, reports, rules, litigation, attendance sheets, transcripts, etc.), for meetings of the various advisory bodies which assisted the commissioner of the Texas Department of Labor and Standards (1973-1989), and then the members of the Texas Commission of Licensing and Regulation (1989 onward). Overall dates for these meeting files are 1971-1998. In roughly chronological order, these advisory bodies (with the dates of coverage) include the following: Performance Certification Board for Mobile Homes (1971-1975); Board of Boiler Rules (1976-1998); Industrialized Building Code Council (1985-1997); Manufactured Homeowners' Recovery Fund Board of Trustees (1988-1989); Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Contractors Advisory Board (1988-1997); Property Tax Consultants Advisory Council (1992-1995); Architectural Barriers Advisory Committee (1992-1997); Auctioneer Education Advisory Board (1993-1997); and Elevator Advisory Board (1993-1997).

Press releases for the Texas Department of Labor and Standards (1975, 1978, 1980-1981, 1983-1985), and the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (1991-1992, 1994-1996, 1998), cover the department's regulation of boxing, boilers, manufactured housing, child labor, private employment agencies, the elimination of architectural barriers, and air conditioning/refrigeration equipment, and announce several changes of executive directors. A 1990 brochure gives a short history of the department, briefly explains eleven of the laws governing those occupations and industries regulated by the department, answers most frequently asked questions, and gives contact information for the eight field offices.

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.


 

Organization of the Records

These records are organized by State Archives staff into three series:
Commission summaries of minutes, 1989-1997, 2002-2006, 0.5 cubic ft.
Advisory bodies minutes and agenda, 1971-1998, 1.5 cubic ft.
Press releases, 1975, 1978, 1980-1981, 1983-1985, 1989-1992, 1994-1996, 1998, fractional

Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

Materials do not circulate, but may be used in the State Archives search room (Room 100). Materials will be retrieved from and returned to storage areas by staff members.

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.
Corporate Names:
Texas. Dept. of Labor and Standards.
Texas. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Subjects:
Independent regulatory commissions--Texas.
Document Types:
Minutes--Texas--Independent regulatory commissions--1972-1998, 2002-2006.
Agendas--Texas--Independent regulatory commissions--1974-1975, 1981, 1991-1995.
Press releases--Texas--Independent regulatory commissions--1975, 1978, 1980-1981, 1983-1985, 1989-1992, 1994-1996, 1998.
Functions:
Regulating agencies.

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
Texas Bureau of Labor Statistics records, 1940-1949, 9 cubic ft. [Includes General files, 1940-1946, 5 cubic ft.; Child labor permits by county, 1946-1949, 1 cubic ft.; and Labor listing sheets by county, 1945-1946, 3 cubic ft.]
Texas Bureau of Labor Statistics, Manual of Boxing and Wrestling Law, 1936, fractional [There is no finding aid available for these unprocessed records. Call number is 2-10/849 (folder 11).]
Texas Workforce Commission meeting files, 1936-2006, 13.25 cubic ft.
Texas State Board of Barber Examiners minutes, 1929-1998, 2.25 cubic ft.
Texas Cosmetology Commission minutes, 1968-1988, 1990-1995, 1997, 2 cubic ft.
Texas Private Employment Agency Regulatory Board minutes, 1969-1979, 0.5 cubic ft. [There is no finding aid available for these unprocessed records. Call numbers are 1998/177-1 thru 2.]
Texas Residential Construction Commission summaries of minutes, 2003-2004, 0.25 cubic ft. [There is no finding aid available for these unprocessed records. Call number is 2005/124.]
Texas House of Representatives, Committee on Labor, Minutes and witness affirmations, 1951-1971 [restricted]
Texas House of Representatives, Committee on Labor and Employment Relations, Records, 1981-1991, 5 cubic ft. [restricted]

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

(Identify the item and cite the series), Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation records. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

Accession Information

Accession numbers: 1998/160, 2003/052, 2004/058, 2005/071, 2006/037, 2006/254, 2006/259, 2007/005, 2007/084

These records were transferred to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation on June 9, 1998; October 21, 2002; November 14, 2003; December 20, 2004; October 25, 2005; and September 11, 2006; and by the Texas Legislative Reference Library on January 26, 2006; and January 19, 2007.

Processing Information

Tony Black, June 1998, November 2005, January 2007

Accruals

The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation transfers summaries of minutes to the Texas State Archives on a regular basis.

Other Formats for the Records

The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation mounts its most recent minutes and agenda (in HTML format) on the agency web site (http://www.license.state.tx.us/agendas.htm#prevtclr). The Department has also posted previous Advisory Board meeting agendas, minutes and RealAudio files (in a variety of HTML, PDF, and Microsoft Word formats) on the agency web site (http://www.license.state.tx.us/adbdmeetings.htm).

Location of Originals

The record copies of minutes and agenda are maintained by the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation.


Detailed Description of the Records

 

Commission summaries of minutes, 1989-1997, 2002-2006,
0.5 cubic ft.

The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation is charged with the administration and enforcement of industrial laws affecting the welfare (including health and safety) of employees, employers and the general public in Texas. It is the state's umbrella occupational regulatory agency, responsible for the regulation of 23 occupations and industries. These functions are documented in these records, which include copies of the summaries of minutes for meetings of the Texas Commission of Licensing and Regulation, dating 1989-1997 and 2002-2006. Each one contains a certification by the agency's general counsel. These summaries briefly but thoroughly explain the actions of the commission on rules proposed and adopted, final orders, final actions on dockets, legislative appropriations requests and budgets, legislation, litigation, status of the Homeowners Recovery Fund, appointments to committees and other advisory bodies, personnel actions, etc.
Arrangement
These records are arranged by State Archives staff chronologically.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Commission summaries of minutes, Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation records. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Accession Information
Accession numbers: 1998/160, 2003/052, 2004/058, 2005/071, 2006/037, 2007/005, 2007/084
These records were transferred to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation on June 9, 1998; October 21, 2002; November 14, 2003; December 20, 2004; October 25, 2005; and September 11, 2006; and by the Texas Legislative Reference Library on January 19, 2007.
Processed by
Tony Black, June 1998, November 2005, January 2007
Box
1998/160-4 October 1989
December 1989
January 1990
February 1990
May 1990
August 1990
October 1990
December 1990
February 1991
June 1991
September 1991
October 1991
December 1991
January 1992
February 1992
April 16 and 23-24, 1992
July 1992
August 1992
[missing October 1992]
January 1993
February 1993
May 1993
July 1993
October 1993
December 1993
February 1994
April 1994
July 1994
October 1994
January 1995
June 1995
July 1995
September 1995
December 1995
March 1996
June 1996
August 1996
December 1996
March 1997
June 1997
August 4, 1997
August 21, 1997
December 1997
Box
2003/052 January 30, 2002
May 23, 2002
June 7, 2002
July 29, 2002
September 16, 2002
October 25, 2002
December 16, 2002
January 13, 2003
March 11, 2003
May 13, 2003
June 24, 2003
August 15, 2003
August 19, 2003
August 29, 2003
October 28, 2003
November 25, 2003
January 9, 2004
February 25, 2004
April 23, 2004
June 21, 2004
August 9, 2004
August 25, 2004
September 13, 2004
November 4, 2004
December 16, 2004
February 7, 2005
April 11, 2005
June 1, 2005
August 3, 2005
September 8, 2005
September 29, 2005
November 15, 2005
January 5, 2006
February 2, 2006
May 3, 2006
June 14, 2006
August 3, 2006
October 18, 2006
December 6, 2006



 

Advisory bodies minutes and agenda, 1971-1998,
1.5 cubic ft.

The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation--and its predecessor the Texas Department of Labor and Standards (1973-1989)--is charged with the administration and enforcement of industrial laws affecting the welfare (including health and safety) of employees, employers and the general public in Texas. In 1989, purely labor functions were transferred to the Texas Employment Commission, and the new Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation became the state's umbrella occupational regulatory agency, responsible for the regulation of 23 occupations and industries. These functions (particularly the latter) are documented in these records, which include copies of the minutes, summaries of minutes, occasional agenda, and attachments (correspondence, memoranda, reports, rules, litigation, attendance sheets, transcripts, etc.), for meetings of the various advisory bodies which assisted the commissioner of the Texas Department of Labor and Standards (1973-1989), and then the members of the Texas Commission of Licensing and Regulation (1989 onward). Overall dates for these meeting files are 1971-1998. In roughly chronological order, these advisory bodies (with the dates of coverage) include the following: Performance Certification Board for Mobile Homes (1971-1975); Board of Boiler Rules (1976-1998); Industrialized Building Code Council (1985-1997); Manufactured Homeowners' Recovery Fund Board of Trustees (1988-1989); Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Contractors Advisory Board (1988-1997); Property Tax Consultants Advisory Council (1992-1995); Architectural Barriers Advisory Committee (1992-1997); Auctioneer Education Advisory Board (1993-1997); and Elevator Advisory Board (1993-1997).
Arrangement
These records are arranged by State Archives staff alphabetically by name of advisory body, and therein chronologically.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Advisory bodies minutes and agenda, Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation records. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Accession Information
Accession numbers: 1998/160, 2007/084
These records were transferred to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation on June 9, 1998; and by the Texas Legislative Reference Library on January 19, 2007.
Processed by
Tony Black, June 1998, January 2007
Box
1998/160-1 Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Contractors Advisory Board, 1988-1997
Minutes, August 1988
Minutes, October 1988
Minutes, April 1989
Minutes, August 1988 thru September 1989
[bound volume]
Minutes, April 1989 thru May 1994
[bound volume]
Minutes, October 1994
Summary of minutes, October 1996
Summary of minutes, December 1996
Summary of minutes, July 1997
Architectural Barriers Advisory Committee, 1992-1997
Minutes, April 1992
Minutes, November 1992
Minutes and agenda, April 1993
Minutes and agenda, February 1994
Summary of minutes and agenda, September 1994
Summary of minutes, January 1995
Summary of minutes and agenda, July 1995
Summary of minutes, May 1996
Summary of minutes, July 1997
Auctioneer Education Advisory Board, 1993-1997
Minutes and agenda, February 1993
Minutes and agenda, July 1993
Summary of minutes and agenda, January 1994
Summary of minutes, July 1994
Summary of minutes and agenda, July 1995
Summary of minutes, April 1997
Board of Boiler Rules, 1976-1998
Minutes, March 1976
[including Task Group committee]
Minutes, June 1977
Minutes, December 1977
Minutes, September 1978
Minutes, March 1979
Minutes, May 1980
Minutes, June 1980
Minutes, February 1981
Minutes, March 1981
Minutes and agenda, August 1981
Minutes, February 1982
Minutes, May 1982
Minutes, September 1982
Minutes, March 1983
Minutes, September 1983
Minutes, March 1984
Minutes, September 1984
Minutes, March 1985
Minutes, September 1985
Minutes, March 1986
Minutes, September 1986
Minutes, October 1986
Box
1998/160-2 Minutes, March 1987
Minutes, September 1987
Minutes, March 1988
Minutes, September 1989
Minutes, March 1990
[bound volume]
Minutes, September 1990
Minutes, December 1990
Minutes, March 1991
Minutes, September 1991
Minutes, April 1992
Minutes, September 1992
Minutes, April 1993
Minutes, September 1993
Minutes, March 1994
Minutes, June 1994
Minutes, September 1994
Minutes, April 1995
Minutes, November 1995
Minutes, April 1996
Minutes, September 1996
Minutes, April 1997
Minutes, September 1997
Minutes, April 1998
Box
1998/160-3 Elevator Advisory Board, 1993-1997
Minutes and agenda, October 1993
Summary of minutes and agenda, March 1994
Summary of minutes and agenda, August 1994
Summary of minutes, March 1995
Summary of minutes and agenda, August 1995
Summary of minutes, June 1996
Summary of minutes, December 1996
Summary of minutes, June 1997
Industrialized Building Code Council, 1985-1997
Minutes, December 1985
Minutes, January 1986
Minutes, February 1986
Minutes, April 1986
Minutes, May 1986
Minutes, June 1986
Minutes, August 1986
Minutes, October 1986
Minutes, January 1987
Minutes, March 1987
Minutes, October 1987
Minutes, January 1988
Minutes, June 1988
Minutes, December 1988
Minutes, February 1989
Minutes, July 1989
Minutes, August 1989
Minutes, October 1989
Minutes, February 1990
Minutes, May 1990
Minutes, November 1990
Minutes and agenda, August 1991
Minutes, November 1991
Minutes and agenda, May 1992
Minutes and agenda, January 1993
Summary of minutes, February 1995
Summary of minutes, January 1996
Summary of minutes, June 1996
Summary of minutes, May 1997
Summary of minutes, November 1997
Manufactured Homeowners' Recovery Fund Board of Trustees, 1988-1989
Minutes, January, February, and March 1988
Minutes, June and August 1988
Minutes, November and December 1988
Minutes, February and March 1989
Performance Certification Board for Mobile Homes, 1971-1975
Minutes (organizational meeting), November 1971
Minutes, January 1972
Minutes, May 1972
Minutes, August 1972
Minutes, October 1972
Minutes, November 1972
Minutes, January 1973
Minutes, April 1973
Minutes, July 1973
Minutes, September 1973
Minutes, October 1973
Minutes, December 1973
Minutes, January 1974
Minutes, March 1974
Minutes, May 1974
Minutes and agenda, September 1974
Minutes and agenda, November 1974
Minutes and agenda, December 1974
Minutes, January 1975
Minutes and agenda, April 1975
Minutes, June 1975
Property Tax Consultants Advisory Council, 1992-1995
Minutes, April 1992
Minutes, September 1992
Minutes, November 1992
Minutes and agenda, March 1993
Minutes and agenda, July 1993
Summary of minutes, February 1994
Summary of minutes, February 1995



 

Press releases, 1975, 1978, 1980-1981, 1983-1985, 1989-1992, 1994-1996, 1998,
fractional

The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation--and its predecessor the Texas Department of Labor and Standards (1973-1989)--is charged with the administration and enforcement of industrial laws affecting the welfare (including health and safety) of employees, employers and the general public in Texas. In 1989, purely labor functions were transferred to the Texas Employment Commission, and the new Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation became the state's umbrella occupational regulatory agency, responsible for the regulation of 23 occupations and industries. These functions are documented in these records, which include press releases for the Texas Department of Labor and Standards (1975, 1978, 1980-1981, 1983-1985), a letter of resignation of the Commissioner of the Department of Labor and Standards (1989), a brochure for the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (1990), and press releases for the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (1991-1992, 1994-1996, 1998). Press releases cover the department's regulation of boxing, boilers, manufactured housing, child labor, private employment agencies, the elimination of architectural barriers, and air conditioning/refrigeration equipment, and announce several changes of executive directors. The 1990 brochure gives a short history of the department, briefly explains eleven of the laws governing those occupations and industries regulated by the department, answers most frequently asked questions, and gives contact information for the eight field offices.
Arrangement
These records were arranged by Legislative Reference Library staff chronologically.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Press releases, Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation records. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Accession Information
Accession numbers: 2006/254, 2006/259
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 January 26, 2006.
Processed by
Tony Black, January 2007
Box
2003/052 Department of Labor and Standards press releases, 1975, 1978, 1980-1981, 1983-1985
[includes photograph of Texas Independence Express locomotive]
Commissioner's letter of resignation, 1989
Department of Licensing and Regulation brochure, June 1990
[2 copies]
Department of Licensing and Regulation press releases, 1991-1992, 1994-1996, 1998