reported, TSCPA representatives gave written and oral testimony to the Texas Legislature's Sunset Advisory Commission (SAC) supporting the renewal of SDSI (self-directed, semi-independent) legislation for
the Texas State Board of Public Accountancy (TSBPA).
TSBPA was one of the agencies that took part in the pilot project establishing SDSI, which allows a state agency to operate outside the legislative appropriations process. Since
that time a number of other agencies have been approved for SDSI status. The
removal of process redundancies and the legislative temptation to collect
license fees without using those fees to administer the profession has proven successful.
Today, the SAC approved the recommendation to renew SDSI
legislation for TSBPA and the other two original agencies. The next step
will be to propose legislation to renew SDSI. The legislation must pass the full Texas Legislature and be approved by the governor for the renewal to become reality. TSCPA will support that
legislation during the upcoming Legislative session which begins in January 2013.