Tribpedia: Licensing and Regulation

The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR) is the state's umbrella regulatory agency. It oversees the licensing and regulation of 29 occupations and industries.

The regulated industries include:

  • Architectural Barriers
  • Air Conditioning and Refrigeration
  • Auctioneers
  • Barbers
  • Boiler Safety
  • Continuing Education Providers
  • Cosmetology
  • Licensed Court Interpreters
  • Discount Health Care Card Operators
  • Electricians
  • Elevators and Related Equipment
  • Industrial Housing and ...

Adan Gallegos relies on his service dog, Bootz, to cope with the effects of war. The duo helped to inspire legislation that come Jan. 1 will have state law more closely mirror federal ADA guidelines.
Adan Gallegos relies on his service dog, Bootz, to cope with the effects of war. The duo helped to inspire legislation that come Jan. 1 will have state law more closely mirror federal ADA guidelines.

Texas Businesses Prep for New Service Dog Regulations

Business leaders say they support the changes that will make state law more closely mirror federal guidelines, but see the legislation as “just one more thing that big government is telling business owners that they have to do.”

Soldiers on a shooting range at Fort Bliss in El Paso, TX.
Soldiers on a shooting range at Fort Bliss in El Paso, TX.

Military Bases Want More Say on Development

Representatives from Texas military bases were at the capitol Wednesday asking legislators to require developers to involve military officials in plans for construction near their facilities and training grounds.

Maltese puppies
Maltese puppies

Interactive: State Lawyer's Facebook Posts

She’s volunteered at Emancipet, an Austin animal rescue group. Her Facebook page is populated with posts from animal rights groups. And she’s an attorney for the state’s regulating agency who is helping to draft a bill that dog breeders say is designed to kill their industry.