I am currently going through a similiar situation. I , too, transferred my license to TX and had to pay the additional fee of $150 d/t a past conviction. I believe that you were initially denied because you didn't reveal the conviction (even it it was a misdemeanor) . I did reveal mines and was told that had I not, there would have possibly been additional fees (up to $350). It has taken 6 months, and finally I will be issued a TX license w/stipulations for the first year. The stipulations are that I must attend 2 board approved classes within that first year on jurisprudence/moral ethics. I know that this can be a VERY stressful time, it was for me, but just keep in mind that the board is trying to weed out the really "bad apples". I was really discouraged through the whole process, and I know how you must feel, however, it is a process that you must go through to obtain your TX licensure. Just hang in there and be patient. Feel free to email if you have anymore questions. Good luck!!!