|(a) In accordance with Texas Government Code, §2001.021,
an interested person may petition the Board for the adoption of a
rule. In this section, "interested person" has the meaning as defined
in Texas Government Code, §2001.021.
(b) The petition must be submitted to the Board and
must contain the name and contact information of the interested person
and affiliation or organization if any; a description of the rule
and the reason for it; the section numbers and titles from the Texas
Board of Occupational Therapy Examiners Rules of the rule sections
affected if applicable; and the proposed rule text with any added
language underlined and any deleted language bracketed. The petition
must include a statement of the statutory authority under which the
rule is to be adopted and a statement regarding the public benefits
anticipated as a result of adopting the rule or the anticipated injury
or inequity that could result from the failure to adopt the proposed
rule. The petition must be dated and signed by the interested person.
(c) The Board shall evaluate the merits of the proposal.
(d) In accordance with Texas Government Code, §2001.021,
the Board shall respond to the petitioner within 60 days of receipt
of the petition. The response shall:
(1) advise that rulemaking proceedings will be initiated;
(2) deny the petition, stating the reasons for its
(e) If the Board initiates rulemaking procedures in
response to a petition, the rule text that the Board proposes may
differ from the rule text proposed by the petitioner.
(f) Initial petitions for the adoption of a rule shall
be presented to and decided by the Board in accordance with the provisions
of this section. The Board may refuse to consider any subsequent petition
from the same interested person for the adoption of the same or a
similar rule submitted within twelve months after the date of the
Board's rejection of the initial petition.