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Expedited Process for the Development and Approval of Rules

Expedited Rulemaking Process Timelines


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May 2013

  • Begin review of passed legislation for mandated rule changes that must be implemented by September 1, 2013.
  • Develop rules, obtain internal approvals, and develop draft Request for Publication of Rules Memorandum for Executive Commissioner approval to publish rules as proposed.

Publication of Proposed Rules Before Council Meeting



June 04, 2013

Rules finalized, Request for Publication of Proposed Rules Memo submitted to the Executive Commissioner for approval to publish rules as proposed no later than:

June 12, 2013

Proposed rules sent to the Texas Register contractor no later than:

June 14, 2013

Council meetings to consider proposed rules no later than:

June 28, 2013

Publication of proposed rules for 30 days.

July 26, 2013

Proposed rules sent to advisory committees and public hearings held (if necessary) no later than:

July 28,2013

Public comment period ends.

July 29, 2013

Prepare adoption materials; develop Request for Adoption of Rules Memorandum to adopt/publish rules.  If substantive comments not previously raised at agency council meeting are received, rule, comment, and proposed response presented to agency council.  Rule revised to reflect council recommendations as necessary.



August 6, 2013

Request for Adoption of Rules Memo and rule adoption packet sent to HHSC no later than:

August 12, 2013

Rules sent to the Texas Register no later than:  (Rules will be published in the Texas Register on August 23.)

September 1, 2013

Effective date of adopted rules.