Texas Agriculture Code
Sec. § 12.0203
Negotiated Rulemaking and Alternative Dispute Resolution


(a)

The commissioner shall develop and implement a policy to encourage the use of:

(1)

negotiated rulemaking procedures under Chapter 2008, Government Code, for the adoption of department rules; and

(2)

appropriate alternative dispute resolution procedures under Chapter 2009, Government Code, to assist in the resolution of internal and external disputes under the departments jurisdiction.

(b)

The departments procedures relating to alternative dispute resolution must conform, to the extent possible, to any model guidelines issued by the State Office of Administrative Hearings for the use of alternative dispute resolution by state agencies.

(c)

The commissioner shall designate a trained person to:

(1)

coordinate the implementation of the policy adopted under Subsection (a);

(2)

serve as a resource for any training needed to implement the procedures for negotiated rulemaking or alternative dispute resolution; and

(3)

collect data concerning the effectiveness of those procedures, as implemented by the department.
Added by Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 506 (S.B. 1016), Sec. 8.03, eff. September 1, 2009.
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