A new state law will allow county land surveyORs to start hiring soon.
The measure, sponsored by Republican state Representative Jeff Gaudet, was signed by Governor Dan Patrick on Thursday.
It takes effect July 1, 2018, and will be available on the state’s web site.
Land surveyors will be able to be hired starting in July, Gaudets office said in a statement.
The law also will allow them to apply for the state job if they are employed by a county land surveysor.
“The proposed law provides an important step in ensuring that the public lands of the state are being managed in a manner that preserves the value of our land,” Patrick said in the statement.
“It’s time to restore public lands to their rightful place as part of the public trust.”
The land surveyoring jobs will start in July.
The state will also give the county land surveors a stipend of $1,000 per year to cover equipment, training, and expenses.
The land surveysors’ contracts will be set in 2020.
The county surveysor will be paid $25,000 annually to run the county surveyors surveyor program.
The counties land surveysorb will be made up of four land surveys.
The legislation also makes it easier for counties land surveyORS to get federal land permits.
It requires them to submit their applications online and then mail them in to the department.
It also gives the department the power to grant or deny applications for a permit.
Patrick also signed a bill to require counties land surveORS to pay $100 to the United States Bureau of Land Management, $50 to a county contractor, and $25 to a land survey contractor.