ADOPTION OF AMENDMENTS TO TITLE 22 TEX. ADMIN. CODE 203.24 - DISPLAY OF LICENSE
The following amendment was adopted by the Commission at the June 20, 2017 meeting. It will become final 20 days after it is filed with the Secretary of State.
PROPOSAL TO AMEND TITLE 22 TEX. ADMIN CODE 203.44 - PROCEDURES AND CRITERIA FOR INSPECTIONS OF LICENSED ESTABLISHMENTS
During a recent audit by the State Auditor’s Office it was recommended the Commission develop a rule to outline procedures and criteria for inspecting licensed cemeteries. While the Commission has an internal policy about the inspection of cemeteries, this amendment creates those procedures and criteria in the Commission’s rules. The propsal was approved by Commissioners at the June 20, 2017 meeting and will be published in the Texas Registrar for a 30 day comment period.
ENACTED LEGISLATION THAT IMPACTS TFSC AND/OR INDUSTRY
The Executive Director has generated a list of bills that were enacted during the 85th Regular Session of the Legislature. These bills directly or indirectly impact the agency's operations or the industry. The bill list is provived as an FYI and should not be considered a complete list. Licensees and other stakeholders should review the 1,200+ bills enacted to determine impact on them or their business.
TEXAS BUREAU OF VITAL STATISTICS REGIONAL CONFERENCE
The 2017 Vital Statistics Regional Conference will include a day packed with a variety of interactive and informative sessions on birth, death, and local registration. If you deal with vital registration, you may benefit from receiving important updates on TxEVER functionality and legislative changes that impact the system. The regional conferences will be held on August 7th in Lubbock, August 9th in Fort Worth, or August 11th in The Woodlands. For more information or to register visit the Vital Statistics Conference page.
INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE OF FUNERAL SERVICE EXAMINING BOARDS - JOB TASK ANALYSIS
The Conference has announced that the Job Task Analysis (JTA) Survey for the National Board Exam (NBE) is officially live. The survey, which drives the examination outline, will remain open Monday, June 5 through Friday, July 7, 2017. The Conference encourages all persons eligible to participate. In order to particiapte, a person must be licensed as a Funeral Director and/or Embalmer in the United States and actively working in a funeral service facility.
Take the JTA Survey.
By completing the survey, Texas participants are not only giving back to the profession by participating in the most crucial stage of the NBE development process, but they can earn 0.5 hours of Continuing Education credit.
AUDIT REPORT ON ENFORCEMENT ACTIVITIES
The agency recently underwent an audit of its enforcement activities including both its investigation and inspection procedures. The agency agreed with the findings of the auditors and will be taking corrective steps to fix the minor issues raised by the auditors.
MORTUARY LAW EXAM
Each individual who takes the online Mortuary Law Exam must accept the Legal Attestation under penalties of law and Commission action. If evidence is presented of cheating, Commission action could include the loss of a license or the refusal to issue a license.
REACHING TFSC STAFF
When a person calls the main line he/she will hear a recorded message which states "You have reached TFSC, please wait while I transfer your call." At that point the call is transferred to licensing staff. The agency has two people responsible for answering the phone. If those two people are on the phone or away from their desks, the call then transfers to the agency voice mail.
A person can also send an email to any of TFSC staff. All direct lines and email addresses are on the Staff Contacts page.
The TFSC does not staff the online renewal center and online helpdesk. The HPC help-desk states it can take multiple days to respond to a help ticket, especially near the end of the month. The help-desk only responds to emailed help requests. TFSC licensing staff is able to help with resetting passwords or emails for the online renewal system. Contact Nikki Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.
The TFSC meets quarterly - usually on the second Tuesday of every third month (March, June, September, December). Meetings are held in Austin, Texas, at the Hobby Building. Once posted, TFSC meeting agendas may be found by clicking on the following website: Texas Secretary of State Open Meetings. Type in Texas Funeral Service Commission in the “Agency Name” field and hit “Find.”
Upcoming meetings are scheduled as follows (subject to change):
- September 12, 2017
- December 12, 2017
- March 20, 2018
- June 19, 2018
- September 11, 2018
- December 11, 2018
TFSC FEE SCHEDULE
ADMINISTRATIVE PENALTY AND SANCTION SCHEDULE
The TFSC has no job openings at this time.