Wednesday, July 02, 2008

Once Again, Texas Leads the Way

Texas PC Repair Now Requires PI License - News and Analysis by PC Magazine: "From its Texas Rangers to its enthusiastic take on the death penalty, the Lone Star State has long been known for its aggressive stance on law enforcement. Thanks to a strange new law, it's a sting that may soon be felt by a number of the state's computer-repair people.

A recently passed law requires that Texas computer-repair technicians have a private-investigator license, according to a story posted by a Dallas-Fort Worth CW affiliate.

In order to obtain said license, technicians must receive a criminal justice degree or participate in a three-year apprenticeship. Those shops that refuse to participate will be forced to shut down. Violators of the new law can be hit with a $4,000 dollar fine and up to a year in jail, penalties that apply to customers who seek out their services."

Hat tip to Dwight Silverman's TechBlog.

Things might not be as they seem. Here's an update from Dwight's blog.


Anonymous said...

Gosh, that is not stupid at all.

Anonymous said...

Bill, we've now got a story indicating that this likely is a mistinterpretation of the law.

Unknown said...

Thanks, Dwight. I've included the link in the post as an update.

Rick Klaw said...

Here's an informative piece from the Austin Chronicle that explains it a bit.

Unknown said...

Thanks, Rick!