Texas Register Preamble

The Texas State Board of Medical Examiners proposes amendments to §§187.2, 187.9, 187.13, 187.16, 187.18, 187.24, 187.44, 187.56, 187.57, 187.60 and the repeal of §187.5 and §187.40, concerning Procedural Rules. The amendments will address the following: the timeline for scheduling informal settlement conferences; temporary suspension or restriction of licenses; required suspension or revocation of licenses for certain offenses; and ineligibility determinations for licensure applicants.

Michele Shackelford, General Counsel, Texas State Board of Medical Examiners, has determined that for the first five-year period the rules are in effect there will be no fiscal implications to state or local government as a result of enforcing the rules as proposed.

Ms. Shackelford also has determined that for each year of the first five years the rules as proposed are in effect the public benefit anticipated as a result of enforcing the sections will be updated rules. There will be no effect on small or micro businesses. There is no anticipated economic cost to persons who are required to comply with the sections as proposed.

Comments on the proposal may be submitted to Pat Wood, P.O. Box 2018, MC-901, Austin, Texas 78768-2018. A public hearing will be held at a later date.

The amendments are proposed under the authority of the Occupations Code Annotated, §153.001, which provides the Texas State Board of Medical Examiners to adopt rules and bylaws as necessary to: govern its own proceedings; perform its duties; regulate the practice of medicine in this state; and enforce this subtitle.

The following are affected by the proposed rules: Texas Occupations Code Annotated, §§164.001, 164.003, 164.010, 164.011, 164.051, 164.053, 164.057, 164.059.

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