Gov't Code Section 2008.055
Appointment of Facilitator
(a)Concurrently with its establishment of the negotiated rulemaking committee, a state agency shall appoint a facilitator. The agency may appoint an agency employee, subject to Subdivision (b)(3), or contract with another state employee or private individual to serve as the facilitator. The agency’s appointment of the facilitator is subject to the approval of the negotiated rulemaking committee and the facilitator serves at the will of the committee.
(1)must possess the qualifications required for an impartial third party under Section 154.052 (Qualifications of Impartial Third Party)(a) and (b), Civil Practice and Remedies Code;
(2)is subject to the standards and duties prescribed by Section 154.053 (Standards and Duties of Impartial Third Parties)(a) and (b), Civil Practice and Remedies Code, and has the qualified immunity prescribed by Section 154.055 (Qualified Immunity of Impartial Third Parties), Civil Practice and Remedies Code, if applicable;
(3)shall not be the person designated to represent the agency on the negotiated rulemaking committee on substantive issues related to the rulemaking; and
(4)shall not have a financial or other interest in the outcome of the rulemaking process that would interfere with the person’s impartial and unbiased service as the facilitator.
Section 2008.055 — Appointment of Facilitator,
https://statutes.capitol.texas.gov/Docs/GV/htm/GV.2008.htm#2008.055 (accessed Dec. 2, 2023).