|(a) It is the Board's policy to employ negotiated rulemaking
procedures when appropriate. When the Board is of the opinion that
proposed rules are likely to be complex, or controversial, or to affect
disparate groups, negotiated rulemaking will be considered.
(b) When negotiated rulemaking is to be considered,
the Board will appoint a convener to assist it in determining whether
it is advisable to proceed. The convener shall have the duties described
in Government Code §2008.052 and shall make a recommendation
to the Executive Director to proceed or to defer negotiated rulemaking.
The recommendation shall be made after the convener, at a minimum,
has considered all of the items enumerated in Government Code §2008.052(c).
(c) Upon the convener's recommendation to proceed,
the Board shall initiate negotiated rulemaking according to the provisions
of Chapter 2008, Government Code.