Moderator: Charles L. Cotton
Charles L. Cotton wrote:The Texas fees for initial and renewal CHL's are far too high. A recent article mentioned on packing.org listed the fees from various states and Texas was the highest. The fees have generated a surplus and fee reduction is long overdue.
TSRA has long worked for lowering of CHL fees, but the information obtained to date is that nothing with a negative fiscal note will get passed. (Every bill has to have a fiscal note attached showing the expected monetary effect, should the bill pass.) The budget crisis simply won't let that happen. This doesn't mean that TSRA will drop the issue, it's just that a successful bill is probably some time off.
The next best thing we can do is extend the license period (only upon renewal) to five (5) years. This effectively reduces total cost to the CHL holder by 20% to 25%, depending upon how you want to base your calculation. This is not enough relief, but it helps.
I have long suspected that a large percentage of would-be CHL applicants are deterred by the total cost. The comments here support that suspicion and I will pass them along to the other members of the TSRA Legislative Committee.
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