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September 11, 2020 - 11:00am
(The meeting will begin at 11 a.m. or upon adjournment of the Ethics Committee)
THIS MEETING DOES NOT HAVE A PHYSICAL LOCATION.
IT IS A PHONE CALL OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.
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Note: In accordance with §418.016 of the Texas Government Code, on March 16, 2020, to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 by reducing face-to-face contact for government open meetings while maintaining government transparency and government operations, Governor Abbott suspended various provisions that require government officials and members of the public to be physically present at a specified meeting location. This temporary suspension will leave important open-meeting protections in place: Members of the public will be entitled to participate and address the governmental body during any telephonic or videoconference meeting when the agenda item for Public Comment is called.
- Call to order, Chairperson, Dr. Aaron Pierce, LPC, LSOTP- S
- Introduction of members, guests, and staff
- Approval of June 2, 2020, emergency meeting minutes
- Approval of June 12, 2020, meeting minutes
- Approval of July 2, 2020, emergency meeting minutes
- Public comment
- Discussion and possible action concerning the 2021 Texas Council on Sex Offender Treatment Conference
- Discussion and possible action regarding the Council’s Deregistration Program, including forms, application requirements, deregistration evaluation specialists, deregistration research, and deregistration evaluation protocols pursuant to Texas Code of Criminal Procedure Art. 62.401, et seq.
- Discussion and possible action concerning renewal of emergency rule 22 Texas Administrative Code §810.4(7), related to License Issuance and/or Renewal, specifically removal of limit on the number of online continuing education hours a licensee may accrue toward renewal requirements. This emergency rule became effective on June 2, 2020, and will expire on September 29, 2020, unless the Council opts to renew it for 60 days. If renewed, the emergency rule would expire on November 28, 2020.
- Discussion and possible action regarding renewal of emergency rule 22 Texas Administrative Code §810.3, concerning License Required, specifically to provide applicants for Licensed Sex Offender Treatment Provider (LSOTP) with the flexibility to satisfy education requirements for licensure via online continuing education courses. This emergency rule became effective on July 2, 2020, and will expire October 29, 2020, unless the Council opts to renew it for 60 days. If renewed, the emergency rule would expire on December 28, 2020.
- Discussion and possible action concerning public comments and adoption of amendment to 22 Texas Administrative Code §810.4(7), related to License Issuance and/or Renewal, increasing the number of acceptable online continuing education hours a licensee may accrue toward renewal requirements from six to 12. The proposed rule and call for public comment were published in the August 7, 2020 issue of the Texas Register (45 TexReg 5501).
- Discussion regarding the Inter-agency Advisory Committee’s Report
- Discussion and possible action regarding the Ethics Committee Report
- Executive Director’s Report concerning program operations; customer service accomplishments, inquiries, and challenges; current and/or historical licensee statistics; media, legislative, and stakeholder contacts and concerns; workload processing; special projects assigned to executive director; and general information regarding the routine functioning of the licensure program
- Council Chair Report concerning current challenges and accomplishments; interaction with stakeholders, state officials, and staff; committee appointments and functions; workload of board members; and general information regarding the routine functioning of the board
- Management Report from the Professional Licensing and Certification Unit on organization and staffing issues, program costs and revenue, legislative and media contact, and general information regarding the routine functioning of the unit as it relates to the business of the Council
- Executive Session: Consultation with board attorney pursuant to Texas Government Code §551.071 regarding pending or contemplated litigation or settlement offers.
- Discussion and setting of future meeting dates
Pursuant to Section 30.06, Texas Penal Code (trespass by license holder with a concealed handgun), a person licensed under Subchapter H, Chapter 411, Texas Government Code (handgun licensing law), may not enter this property with a concealed handgun.
Pursuant to Section 30.07, Texas Penal Code (trespass by license holder with an openly carried handgun), a person licensed under Subchapter H, Chapter 411, Texas Government Code (handgun licensing law), may not enter this property with a handgun that is carried openly.
Action may be taken on any of the above items. The council/committee reserves the right to go into executive session on any agenda item as authorized by Texas Government Code, chapter 551. Agenda items may be taken in any order at the discretion of the chair. An individual who wishes to speak on an issue that falls under the council’s/committee’s jurisdiction shall be heard during the Public Comment agenda item. The Chair may establish and announce limitations on speakers, including time limits and when speakers may address the council/committee. The limitations, if any, may vary from meeting to meeting.
This meeting is open to the public. No reservations are required and there is no cost to attend this meeting.
Persons with disabilities who plan to attend this meeting and require auxiliary aids or services are asked to contact Liane El-Sheikh at (512) 231-5721 or Liane.El-Sheikh@hhsc.state.tx.us at least 96 hours prior to the meeting so appropriate arrangements may be made.