|(a) Authority to establish advisory committees. In
addition to specific statutory authority to establish particular advisory
committees, the Texas Health and Human Services Commission has authority
under Texas Government Code §531.012 to establish and maintain
advisory committees to consider issues and solicit public input across
all major areas of the health and human services system.
(b) Applicability of Texas Government Code Chapter
2110. An advisory committee established under Texas Government Code §531.012
is subject to Texas Government Code Chapter 2110. An advisory committee
established under another statute is subject to Texas Government Code
Chapter 2110 unless the establishing statute expressly states otherwise.
(c) Applicability of Texas Government Code Chapter
551. Unless otherwise expressly provided by statute or rule, an advisory
committee established under this subchapter is subject to the Open
Meetings Act, Texas Government Code Chapter 551, as if it were a governmental
(d) Quorum. Unless expressly provided otherwise, a
majority of an advisory committee's voting members constitutes a quorum.
(e) General reporting requirement. In addition to reporting
requirements set out in an advisory committee's section of this subchapter,
an advisory committee established under Texas Government Code §531.012
(1) report recommendations to the Executive Commissioner
and the Health and Human Services Commission Executive Council; and
(2) submit a written report to the Texas Legislature
of any policy recommendations made under paragraph (1) of this subsection.
(f) Geographic diversity generally. As necessary and
appropriate, the members of an advisory committee established under
Texas Government Code §531.012 will be appointed with a view
to having committee members from diverse geographic areas of the state.
(g) Definitions. For purposes of this subchapter, the
following terms are defined as follows:
(1) C.F.R.--Code of Federal Regulations.
(2) CHIP--The Texas State Children's Health Insurance
Program established under Title XXI of the federal Social Security
Act (42 U.S.C. §§1397aa, et seq.) and Chapter 62 of the
Texas Health and Safety Code.
(3) Executive Commissioner--The HHSC Executive Commissioner.
(4) Family member--A parent, spouse, grandparent, adult
sibling, adult child, guardian, or legally authorized representative.
(5) Health and Human Services system--The Texas Health
and Human Services Commission and the Texas Department of State Health
Services. For purposes of this subchapter, the term also may include
the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, where appropriate.
(6) HHSC--The Texas Health and Human Services Commission,
or its designee.
(7) U.S.C.--United States Code.