|(a) Notice of a proposed new rule or amendment of any
existing rule shall be made in accordance with the provisions of §2001.023
and §2001.024 of the Administrative Procedures Act.
(b) The Board's policy is to encourage the use of negotiated
rulemaking for the adoption of Board rules in appropriate situations.
(c) The Board's general counsel or their designee shall
be the Board's negotiated rulemaking coordinator (NRC). The NRC shall
perform the following functions, as required:
(1) coordinate the implementation of the policy set
out in subsection (a) of this section, and in accordance with the
Negotiated Rulemaking Act, Chapter 2008, Government Code;
(2) serve as a resource for any staff training or education
needed to implement negotiated rulemaking procedures; and,
(3) collect data to evaluate the effectiveness of negotiated
rulemaking procedures implemented by the Board.
(d) The Board, a standing committee of the Board, or
the executive director may direct the NRC to begin negotiated rulemaking
procedures on a specified subject.