January 2021 Committee on School Initiatives Item 4
Proposed Amendment to 19 TAC Chapter 30, Administration, Subchapter A, State Board of Education: General Provisions, §30. 1, Petition for Adoption of Rule Changes
(First Reading and Filing Authorization)
January 29, 2021
COMMITTEE ON SCHOOL INITIATIVES: ACTION
STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION: ACTION
SUMMARY: This item presents for first reading and filing authorization a proposed amendment to
19 Texas Administrative Code (TAC) Chapter 30, Administration, Subchapter A, State Board of Education: General Provisions, §30.1, Petition for Adoption of Rule Changes. The proposed amendment would update the State Board of Education (SBOE) petition procedures to allow for electronic submission of a petition authorized under Texas Government Code (TGC), §2001.021.
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: Texas Government Code (TGC), §2001.021.
TGC, §2001.021, authorizes a state agency to prescribe by rule the form for a petition and the procedure for the submission, consideration, and disposition.
The full text of statutory citations can be found in the statutory authority section of this agenda.
EFFECTIVE DATE: The proposed effective date of the proposed amendment is 20 days after filing as adopted with the Texas Register. Under Texas Education Code (TEC), §7.102(f), the SBOE must approve the rule action at second reading and final adoption by a vote of two-thirds of its members to specify an effective date earlier than the beginning of the 2021-2022 school year. The earlier effective date will allow an interested person to submit a petition electronically, which currently is not an option.
PREVIOUS BOARD ACTION: The SBOE last amended 19 TAC §30. 1 effective May 23, 2017.
BACKGROUND INFORMATION AND JUSTIFICATION: TGC, §2001.021, requires that procedures to petition for the adoption of rule changes be adopted by rule. To comply with statute, the SBOE adopted 19 TAC §30.1 effective December 5, 2004. Prior to the adoption of 19 TAC §30.1, procedures to petition for the adoption of changes to SBOE rules were included as part of the SBOE's operating rules. Effective April 26, 2009, an amendment adopted in rule the petition form to be used to submit a petition. Effective May 23, 2017, an amendment updated the petition form adopted in rule to require the petitioner to indicate that the petitioner meets one of the four definitions of an interested person specified in statute and added language to specify the reasons the SBOE may deny a petition for rulemaking.
The attachment to this item reflects the text of the proposed amendment to 19 TAC §30.1 for consideration by the SBOE for first reading and filing authorization. The proposed amendment would update the SBOE's petition procedures, including the petition form included as Figure: 19 TAC §30.1(a), to improve efficiency by ensuring that an interested person can submit the petition for rulemaking electronically. In addition, the proposed amendment to Figure: 19 TAC §30.1(a) would specify one Texas Education Agency (TEA) division as the collection point for all petitions submitted to the SBOE. This would ensure timely acknowledgement and reviewing of a petition by TEA staff for consideration by the SBOE at a future meeting.
The proposed amendment to §30.1(b) would add "calendar" to the phrase 60 days to clarify the timeline for responding to a petition.
The proposed amendment to §30.1(a), (b)(1) and (2), and (c) would replace "commissioner" with "TEA staff" to reflect that the initial review of the merits of the petition is conducted by TEA staff for recommendation to the SBOE.
In addition, the proposed amendment to §30.1(d)(4)(A) would clarify that the SBOE may deny a petition if the petition is filed within one year of the SBOE denying a petition on a similar rule or the same subject matter. This change would address similar or duplicate petitions submitted within one year. The time period of one year is already established in rule and not proposed to be changed.
The proposed amendment would also include technical edits throughout §30.1 to improve readability.
The proposed amendment was not presented as a discussion item. The SBOE, however, may wish to consider this item for first reading and filing authorization as authorized under its operating procedures. Therefore, this item is presented for first reading and filing authorization consideration at this meeting. It is recommended that the SBOE consider this item for first reading and filing authorization to more quickly provide an interested person the option of submitting a petition under TGC, §2001.021, electronically.
A separate item in this agenda presents the adoption of review of 19 TAC Chapter 30, Subchapter A.
FISCAL IMPACT: TEA has determined that there are no additional costs to state or local government required to comply with the proposal.
LOCAL EMPLOYMENT IMPACT: The proposal has no effect on local economy; therefore, no local employment impact statement is required under TGC, §2001.022.
SMALL BUSINESS, MICROBUSINESS, AND RURAL COMMUNITY IMPACT: The proposal has no direct adverse economic impact for small businesses, microbusinesses, or rural communities; therefore, no regulatory flexibility analysis specified in TGC, §2006.002, is required.
COST INCREASE TO REGULATED PERSONS: The proposal does not impose a cost on regulated persons, another state agency, a special district, or a local government and, therefore, is not subject to TGC, §2001.0045.
TAKINGS IMPACT ASSESSMENT: The proposal does not impose a burden on private real property and, therefore, does not constitute a taking under TGC, §2007.043.
GOVERNMENT GROWTH IMPACT: TEA staff prepared a Government Growth Impact Statement assessment for this proposed rulemaking. During the first five years the proposed rulemaking would be in effect, it would expand an existing regulation by allowing for a petition for rulemaking to be submitted via electronic means.
The proposed rulemaking would not create or eliminate a government program; would not require the creation of new employee positions or elimination of existing employee positions; would not require an increase or decrease in future legislative appropriations to the agency; would not require an increase or decrease in fees paid to the agency; would not create a new regulation; would not limit or repeal an existing regulation; would not increase or decrease the number of individuals subject to its applicability; and would not positively or adversely affect the state's economy.
PUBLIC BENEFIT AND COST TO PERSONS: The proposal would provide another means by which an interested person can file a petition for rulemaking, create a more efficient process, and reflect current procedures. There is no anticipated economic cost to persons who are required to comply with the proposal.
DATA AND REPORTING IMPACT: The proposal would have no new data and reporting implications.
PRINCIPAL AND CLASSROOM TEACHER PAPERWORK REQUIREMENTS: TEA has determined that the proposal would not require a written report or other paperwork to be completed by a principal or classroom teacher.
PUBLIC COMMENTS: The public comment period on the proposal begins March 5, 2021, and ends April 9, 2021. The SBOE will take registered oral and written comments on the proposal at the appropriate committee meeting in April 2021 in accordance with the SBOE board operating policies and procedures. A request for a public hearing on the proposal submitted under the Administrative Procedure Act must be received by the commissioner of education not more than 14 calendar days after notice of the proposal has been published in the Texas Register on March 5, 2021.
MOTION TO BE CONSIDERED: The State Board of Education:
Suspend the board operating procedures in accordance with §5.2(a) to allow consideration at first reading and filing authorization; and
Approve for first reading and filing authorization proposed amendment to 19 TAC Chapter 30, Administration, Subchapter A, State Board of Education: General Provisions, §30.1, Petition for Adoption of Rule Changes.
Staff Members Responsible:
Cristina De La Fuente-Valadez, Director, Rulemaking
Lynette Smith, Program Specialist, Rulemaking
Text of Proposed Amendment to 19 TAC Chapter 30, Administration, Subchapter A, State Board of Education: General Provisions, §30.1, Petition for Adoption of Rule Changes
Figure: 19 TAC §30.1(a)