Comment on Proposed & Draft Rules

Proposed Rules

Formal Comments via the Texas Register

To let the public know about a rulemaking action – such as new, amended or repealed rules – HHS publishes a notice in the Texas Register, a publication of the Texas Secretary of State. Interested parties then can review and comment on the proposed rule. The Secretary of State publishes a new issue of the Texas Register each Friday.

The Administrative Procedure Act (Texas Government Code, Chapter 2001) requires the notice published in the Texas Register to include a brief explanation of the proposed rule and a request for comments from any interested person. The notice also includes instructions for submitting comments regarding the rule to the agency, including the date by which comments must be submitted. Agencies must give interested persons "a reasonable opportunity" to submit comments. The public comment period begins on the day after the notice of a proposed rule is published in the Texas Register and lasts for a minimum of 30 calendar days.

Title Project No. / Description Contact Comment End Date
#19R072: ICF/IID Chapter 551 Legislative Implementation and Updates HHSC LTCR Rules 12-27-2021
#21R091: Long-term Care Provider Rules During a Contagious Disease Outbreak, Epidemic, or Pandemic HHSC Regulatory Services 12-13-2021
#21R091: Long-term Care Provider Rules During a Contagious Disease Outbreak, Epidemic, or Pandemic HHSC Regulatory Services 12-13-2021
#21R163: COVID-19 School Exclusion Criteria DSHS Infectious Disease Prevention Section 12-06-2021
#21R161: Alternative Administrator’s Licenses for Military Members, Spouses, and Veterans HHS Child Care Regulation 12-06-2021

Draft Rules

Informal Comments

Informal opportunities to comment occur before a rule is published in the Texas Register. HHS staff may solicit informal public and stakeholder input by:

  • inviting stakeholders to submit comments on potential rule changes during rule development.
  • sharing a draft rule with stakeholders for review.
  • using existing HHS advisory committees to comment on rules.