TFSC News & Things to Know

TFSC PROPOSED AMENDMENTS TO ADMINISTRATIVE RULES

By law, the Commission may review its rules every four years. Since the last major rule review was completed in 2015, the agency reviewed its rules during Spring 2019 through a series of five meetings. The Commission voted to move forward with amendments to the rule at its June 18th meeting.
 
The rules were published in the July 26, 2019 edition of the Texas Register at TexReg 3760-3777 and at Tex.Reg. Graphics for the updated penatly schedule. The propsosed amendments were open for public comment for 30 days. Commissioners will consider finally adopting the rules at the September 10, 2019 Commission meeting.   
 
 
22 TEX. ADMIN. CODE CHAPTER 204 - FEES

At the June meeting, Commissioners finally adopted amendments to Chapter 204 relating to fees. The Commission’s fee structure was 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. Under the adopted rule, fees paid by licensees either decrease or stay the same. The updated fees will apply to licensees with September expiration dates. 

 

DSHS FETAL DEATH REPORTING TRAINING

Starting on August 1, 2019, Fetal Deaths will be able to be reported using the Electronic system, TxEVER. Previously, this was a manual/paper process. DSHS will be offering training on fetal death training reporting in July via webinars and conference calls. Look to the TxEVER 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

July 3, 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 help-desk. 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. 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.”

 September 10, 2019 Agenda

Upcoming meetings are scheduled as follows (subject to change):

  • September 10, 2019
  • January 21, 2020
  • April 21, 2020
  • July 21, 2020
  • October 20, 2020

 

MEETING MINUTES

 June 18, 2019 Meeting Minutes - DRAFT

If you are intested in reviewing the minutes from previous Commission meetings, please contact the Executive Director. 

 

TFSC FEE SCHEDULE (through August 31, 2019) 

 Current Fee Schedule

 

ADMINISTRATIVE PENALTY AND SANCTION SCHEDULE

 Administrative Penalty and Sanction Schedule

 

TFSC NEWSLETTER

 FY19 4th Quarter Newsletter (July 3, 2019)

 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.

The TFSC has no job openings at this time.