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TITLE 4AGRICULTURE
PART 1TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
CHAPTER 26FOOD AND NUTRITION DIVISION
SUBCHAPTER BNUTRITION WORKING GROUPS
RULE §26.20Early Childhood Health and Nutrition Interagency Council

(a) Purpose. The Early Childhood Health and Nutrition Interagency Council (Council) is created pursuant to the Health and Safety Code Chapter 115 and is established within the Texas Department of Agriculture (the department) to research, assess and develop an early childhood nutrition and physical activity plan for implementation in the state.

(b) Composition. The Council is composed of eight (8) members as follows:

  (1) a representative of the Texas Health and Human Services Commission who is involved in the coordination of children's programs, appointed by the executive commissioner of the Texas Health and Human Services Commission;

  (2) a representative of the Department of State Health Services' health promotion and chronic disease prevention programs, appointed by the commissioner of state health services;

  (3) a representative of the Department of State Health Services' Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children, appointed by the commissioner of state health state services;

  (4) a representative of the Texas Workforce Commission, appointed by the executive director of the Texas Workforce Commission;

  (5) a representative of the department, appointed by the commissioner of agriculture;

  (6) a representative of the Texas Education Agency's school health programs, appointed by the commissioner of education;

  (7) a representative of the Department of Family and Protective Services' Child Care Licensing Division, appointed by the commissioner of the Department of Family and Protective Services; and

  (8) a representative of the Texas AgriLife Extension Service, appointed by the director of the Texas AgriLife Extension Service.

(c) Presiding Officer. The representative of the department shall serve as the presiding officer of the Council.

(d) Meetings. The Council shall meet in person at least three times each year, and may hold meetings by conference call, as necessary.

(e) Duties. The Council shall:

  (1) consult with stakeholders in the course of its regular meetings and by other means, as appropriate;

  (2) review current research in the areas of child nutrition and physical activity;

  (3) review the status of agency programs related to promotion of healthy nutrition and physical activity for children;

  (4) identify state and federal funding sources for the promotion of health and nutrition in early childhood settings; and

  (5) develop an early childhood nutrition and physical activity plan with a recommended timeline for implementation over a six (6) year period.

(f) Duration. The Council is subject to Chapter 325 of the Government Code (Texas Sunset Act). Unless continued in existence as provided by that chapter, the Council is abolished on September 1, 2019.

(g) Reporting. Reporting takes place through meetings held by the Council. Through these meetings, the Commissioner and/or department staff discuss matters related to the Council's business and the Council provides oral feedback and direction. The Council is staffed by the department. Department staff prepares and maintains the minutes of each council meeting. Staff maintains a record of actions taken and distributes copies of approved minutes and other Council documents to Council members and the Commissioner.


Source Note: The provisions of this §26.20 adopted to be effective September 15, 2009, 34 TexReg 6320

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