Proposed Rules

Formal Comments via the Texas Register

To let the public know about a rulemaking action – such as new, amended or repealed rules – HHS publishes a notice in the Texas Register, a publication of the Texas Secretary of State. Interested parties then can review and comment on the proposed rule. The Secretary of State publishes a new issue of the Texas Register each Friday.

The Administrative Procedure Act (Texas Government Code, Chapter 2001) requires the notice published in the Texas Register to include a brief explanation of the proposed rule and a request for comments from any interested person. The notice also includes instructions for submitting comments regarding the rule to the agency, including the date by which comments must be submitted. Agencies must give interested persons "a reasonable opportunity" to submit comments. The public comment period begins on the day after the notice of a proposed rule is published in the Texas Register and lasts for a minimum of 30 calendar days.

Below is a list of proposed rules that have been published in the Texas Register. The proposed rules that are published in the Texas Register are open for public comment until the end of the comment period.
Title Project No., Description Contact Comment End Date
#20R056: HHSC 2020 Advisory Committee
HHS Rules Coordination Office
#20R044: Joint Committee on Access and Forensic Services
HHS Rules Coordination Office
#19R025: Electronic Visit Verification
HHS Rules Coordination Office
#20R014: Informed Consent for Investigational Stem Cell Treatment
HHS Rules Coordination Office
#20R059: Notifiable Conditions
HHS Rules Coordination Office
#20R048: Convert Open-Ended Contracts to Term Contracts
HHS Rules Coordination Office
#19R012: Texas School Health Advisory Committee
DSHS School Health
#20R003: Data Request Process for Public Health Practice Purposes
DSHS Center for Health Policy and Performance
#20R013: Low-Volume Livestock Processing Establishments
DSHS PSQA Meat Compliance Unit

Draft Rules

Informal Comments

Informal opportunities to comment occur before a rule is published in the Texas Register. HHS staff may solicit informal public and stakeholder input by:

  • inviting stakeholders to submit comments on potential rule changes during rule development.
  • sharing a draft rule with stakeholders for review.
  • using existing HHS advisory committees to comment on rules.

The following are draft rules on which HHS is accepting informal public or stakeholder input. All rules are posted in MS Word format unless otherwise noted.

Title Project No. Contact Comment Start Date Comment End Date
Title 25, Chapter 289, Subchapter E, Registration Regulations, Section 289.226, Registration of Radiation Machine Use and Services
DSHS Consumer Protection Division 9/17/20
Title 25, Chapter 228, Retail Food, concerning Texas Food Establishments
DSHS Consumer Protection Division 9/8/20

Comment on Proposed & Draft Rules