TFSC News & Things to Know

TFSC STAKEHOLDER MEETINGS

By law, the Commission is allowed to review its rules every four years. Our last major rule review was completed in 2015. Therefore, the agency will begin reviewing its rules this Spring. Additionally, we will be reviewing rules as they relate to our Sunset legislation. 
 
All meetings will start at 10 and be  located in the Hobby Building Room 2-500 in Austin. 
  • March 7 – Establishment licensing / standards to include discussion on prep room exemptions, prep room requirements, advertising, possible criminal background checks for owners, etc. 
  • March 26 – Enforcement procedures to include updated penalty schedule and inspections, etc. 
  • April 9 – Individual licensing  to include provisional licensing, continuing education, student loan defaults, etc. 
  • April 25 –Previously scheduled meeting cancelled  
  • May 9 -  Crematories, including inspection forms 
  • May 21 – Clean up & rules related to Sunset legislation (will include discussion about Sunset changes in each of the meetings above – but may need to readdress based on final bill language)
Please let the Executive Director know if you plan to attend. 
 
Thank you to all of those who could attend the stakeholder meetings on March 7 and March 26! Both meetings were good first steps in reviewing rules related to establishments and enforcement. Please know these meetings are a first step in the process. The Executive Director would welcome additional thoughts and concern regarding the rules. The Executive Director plans to place the propsed amendments to the rules on the June 18, 2019 Commission agenda for discussion. 
 

March 7 Stakeholder Meeting Notes

 

22 TEX. ADMIN. CODE CHAPTER 204 - FEES

At the March meeting, Commissioners voted to propose amendments to Chapter 204 relating to fees. The Commission’s fee structure needs to be amended as a result of action by the Department of Information Resources (DIR). DIR has instructed agencies to comply with the new surcharge amounts by the end of fiscal year 2019. The agency notes the fees paid by licensees either decrease or stay the same under this rule proposal. The rule will be published in the Texas Register for a 30 day public comment period. Final adoption is expected at the June 18, 2019 Commission meeting.

Chapter 204 Fees - Proposed Amendment

 

TEXAS ELECTRONIC VITAL EVENTS REGISTRAR (TxEVER) SYSTEM

The Texas Electronic Vital Events Registrar (TxEVER) has replaced the current Texas Electronic Registrar (TER) system. TxEVER went live on January 1, 2019, to support all vital events operations. Look to the TxEVER page for more information.

 

SUNSET LEGISLATION

On Wednesday April 3, 2019, the House Committee on Public Health voted to move HB 1540 by Rep. Senfronia Thompson to the Calendars Committee. The next step will be consideration and adoption by the full Texas House of Representatives. Once engrossed by the House, the bill will move to the Texas Senate for consideration. Sen. Bob Hall will be shepherding the bill through the Senate. The House Committee did adopt a substitute bill that addressed technical issues raised by the agency.

Look to the Sunset Review Process page for more information.

 

NEWS FROM THE TFSC

The TFSC has developed an email notification system to notify licensees and stakeholders of important and time-sensitive information. If you would like to be added to the distribution list please click here.

May 4, 2018 News

June 25, 2018 News

October 12, 2018 News

January 4, 2019 News

 

INVOCATION POLICY 

The Commission's Invocation Policy authorizes a licensee in good standing to deliver the Invocation at Commission meetings. See the Executive Director's letter for further information. 

 

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.

If you are having a problem reaching staff or not having your phone calls returned, please email the Executive Director for assistance.

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 nikki@tfsc.texas.gov for assistance.

A person can also send an email to any of TFSC staff. All direct lines and email addresses are on the Staff Contacts page.

 

OPEN MEETINGS

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):

  • June 18, 2019
  • September 10, 2019
  • December 10, 2019

 

MEETING AGENDA

 March 19, 2019 Meeting Agenda

 

MEETING MINUTES

 December 11, 2018 Meeting Minutes - DRAFT

 

TFSC FEE SCHEDULE

 Current Fee Schedule

 

ADMINISTRATIVE PENALTY AND SANCTION SCHEDULE

 Administrative Penalty and Sanction Schedule

 

TFSC NEWSLETTER

 FY19 3rd Quarter Newsletter (April 4, 2019)

 

JOB OPENINGS

The TFSC is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/ADA Employer and Smoke Free Agency. The TFSC's employment positions are covered by the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). TFSC does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, or veteran status.

State Job Application 

The TFSC has no job openings at this time.