Government Affairs

The SWPTA is committed to promoting the pipe trades industry in a variety of ways, including initiatives deemed important to the industry and labor trades in general. Monitoring legislative activity in Texas, Oklahoma and New Mexico is part of this effort, and when necessary, the SWPTA will take the lead in advocacy efforts on behalf of all affiliated contractors and Local Unions.

Below you will find pertinent information about labor-friendly legislation, endorsements of labor-friendly candidates and more. The SWPTA encourages affiliated members to contact their representatives about initiatives that will advance the labor movement. 

Southwest Pipe Trades Association - Government Affairs
Government Affairs

Passing H.B. 636 will keep vital State Plumbing Board

House Bill 636 will be heard on March 10 during the committee of Licensing and Administrative Procedures. If approved, the bill will allow the Texas State Board of Plumbing Examiners (TSBPE) to continue providing the valuable services related to reviewing applications and granting plumbing licenses. In 2019, Gov. Greg Abbott issued an executive order extending

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