TFSC STAKEHOLDER MEETINGS
- 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)
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.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com 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.
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
TFSC FEE SCHEDULE
ADMINISTRATIVE PENALTY AND SANCTION SCHEDULE
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.
The TFSC has no job openings at this time.