|(a) Statutory authority. Texas Government Code §531.0051
establishes the Health and Human Services Commission Executive Council
and requires the Executive Commissioner to adopt rules for its operation.
(b) Applicability of Texas Government Code Chapter
2110. The Health and Human Services Commission Executive Council is
not subject to Texas Government Code Chapter 2110.
(c) Applicability of Texas Government Code Chapter
551. The Health and Human Services Commission Executive Council is
not subject to Texas Government Code Chapter 551.
(d) Definitions. For the purpose of this section, the
following terms are defined as follows:
(1) Executive Commissioner--The executive commissioner
of the Health and Human Services Commission.
(2) Executive Council--The Health and Human Services
Commission Executive Council.
(3) Health and Human Services system--All state agencies
and departments under and including the Health and Human Services
(4) HHSC--The Health and Human Services Commission.
(e) Purpose. The Executive Council is established to
receive public input and advise the Executive Commissioner regarding
the operation of the Health and Human Services system.
(f) Tasks. The Executive Council reviews policies related
to the operation of the HHS system.
(1) The Executive Council seeks and receives public
(A) proposed rules;
(B) recommendations of advisory committees established
under Subchapter B of this Chapter (relating to Advisory Committees);
(C) legislative appropriations request or other documents
related to the appropriations process;
(D) the operation of health and human services programs;
(E) other items the Executive Commissioner determines
(2) The Executive Council does not have the authority
to make administrative or policy decisions.
(g) Membership. The members of the Executive Council
serve at the pleasure of the Executive Commissioner.
(1) The Executive Council is composed of:
(A) the Executive Commissioner;
(B) the director of each HHSC division established
under Texas Government Code §531.008(c);
(C) the commissioner of each Health and Human Services
(D) other individuals appointed by the Executive Commissioner.
(2) When appointing members under paragraph (1)(D)
of this subsection, the Executive Commissioner will make every effort
to ensure that those appointments result in Executive Council membership
(A) a balanced representation of a broad range of health
and human services industry and consumer interests; and
(B) representation from broad geographic regions of
the State of Texas.
(3) Members appointed under paragraph (1)(D) of this
subsection are subject to the restrictions applicable to service on
the Executive Council provided by Texas Government Code §531.006(a-1).
(4) Terms. Members appointed under paragraph (1)(D)
of this subsection will serve three-year terms.
(A) No more than half of the terms of members appointed
under paragraph (1)(D) of this subsection shall expire in a single
state fiscal year.
(B) If more than half of the members appointed under
paragraph (1)(D) of this subsection have terms beginning in the same
state fiscal year, members will draw for two- or three-year terms.
Subsequent terms will be for a period of two years.
(C) Members may serve a maximum of two consecutive
(h) Presiding officer. The Executive Commissioner serves
as the chair of the Executive Council.
(i) Meetings. The Executive Council meets at the call
of the Executive Commissioner, at least quarterly.
(1) A meeting of the individual members of the Executive
Council that occurs in the ordinary course of Health and Human Services
system operations is not a meeting of the Executive Council, and the
provisions of subsection (j) of this section do not apply.
(2) Live video transmissions of each meeting will be
publicly available through the HHSC website.
(j) Public notice. The Executive Council will give
public notice of the date, time, and place of each meeting.
(k) Quorum. A majority of the members of the Executive
Council constitutes a quorum for the transaction of business.
(l) Reimbursement and compensation. Members appointed
under subsection (g)(1)(D) of this section may not receive compensation
but are entitled to reimbursement for travel expenses incurred while
conducting the business of the Executive Council, as provided by the
Texas General Appropriations Act.