Texas Administrative Code
Title 22 - EXAMINING BOARDS
Part 9 - TEXAS MEDICAL BOARD
Chapter 183 - ACUPUNCTURE
Section 183.3 - Meetings

Universal Citation: 22 TX Admin Code ยง 183.3

Current through Reg. 49, No. 12; March 22, 2024

(a) The acupuncture board may meet up to four times a year to carry out the mandates of the Act.

(b) Special meetings may be called by the presiding officer of the acupuncture board, by resolution of the acupuncture board, or upon written request to the presiding officer of the acupuncture board signed by at least three members of the board.

(c) Acupuncture board and committee meetings shall, to the extent possible, be conducted pursuant to the provisions of Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised unless, by rule, the acupuncture board adopts a different procedure.

(d) All elections and any other issues requiring a vote of the acupuncture board shall be decided by a simple majority of the members present. A quorum for transaction of any business by the acupuncture board shall be one more than half the acupuncture board's membership at the time of the meeting. If more than two candidates contest an election or if no candidate receives a majority of the votes cast on the first ballot, a second ballot shall be conducted between the two candidates receiving the highest number of votes.

(e) The acupuncture board, at a regular meeting or special meeting, may elect from its membership an assistant presiding officer and a secretary-treasurer to serve a term of one year or for a term of a set duration established by majority vote of the acupuncture board.

(f) The acupuncture board, at a regular meeting or special meeting, upon majority vote of the members present may remove the assistant presiding officer or secretary-treasurer from office.

(g) The following are standing and permanent committees of the acupuncture board. Each committee, with the exception of the Executive Committee, shall consist of at least one board member who is a licensed physician, one board member who is a licensed acupuncturist, and one public board member. In the event that a committee does not have a representative of one or more of these groups, the presiding officer shall appoint additional members as necessary to maintain this composition. The Executive Committee shall include the presiding officer, the assistant presiding officer, and the secretary-treasurer, plus additional members so that the committee consists of a minimum of two board members who are licensed acupuncturists, one board member who is a licensed physician, and one public board member. The responsibilities and authority of these committees shall include those duties and powers as set forth below and such other responsibilities and authority which the acupuncture board may from time to time delegate to these committees.

(1) Licensure Committee:
(A) draft and review proposed rules regarding licensure, and make recommendations to the acupuncture board regarding changes or implementation of such rules;

(B) draft and review proposed application forms for licensure, and make recommendations to the acupuncture board regarding changes or implementation of such rules;

(C) oversee the application process for licensure;

(D) receive and review applications for licensure;

(E) make determinations of eligibility, present the results of reviews of applications for licensure and make recommendations to the acupuncture board regarding licensure of applicants;

(F) oversee and make recommendations to the acupuncture board regarding any aspect of the examination process including the approval of an appropriate licensure examination and the administration of such an examination and documentation and verification of records from all applicants for licensure;

(G) draft and review proposed rules regarding any aspect of the examination;

(H) maintain communication with Texas acupuncture schools;

(I) make recommendations to the acupuncture board regarding matters brought to the attention of the Licensure Committee.

(2) Discipline and Ethics Committee:
(A) draft and review proposed rules regarding the discipline of acupuncturists and enforcement of Subchapter H of the Act;

(B) oversee the disciplinary process and give guidance to the acupuncture board and staff regarding methods to improve the disciplinary process and more effectively enforce Subchapter H of the Act;

(C) monitor the effectiveness, appropriateness, and timeliness of the disciplinary process;

(D) make recommendations regarding resolution and disposition of specific cases and approve, adopt, modify, or reject recommendations from staff or representatives of the acupuncture board regarding actions to be taken on pending cases. Approve dismissals of complaints and closure of investigations;

(E) draft and review proposed ethics guidelines and rules for the practice of acupuncture, and make recommendations to the acupuncture board regarding the adoption of such ethics guidelines and rules;

(F) make recommendations to the acupuncture board and staff regarding policies, priorities, budget, and any other matters related to the disciplinary process and enforcement of Subchapter H of the Act; and

(G) make recommendations to the acupuncture board regarding matters brought to the attention of the Discipline and Ethics Committee.

(3) Education Committee:
(A) draft and propose rules regarding educational requirements for licensure in Texas and make recommendations to the acupuncture board regarding changes or implementation of such rules;

(B) draft and propose rules regarding training required for licensure in Texas and make recommendations to the acupuncture board regarding changes or implementation of such rules;

(C) draft and propose rules regarding continuing education requirements for renewal of a Texas license and make recommendations to the acupuncture board regarding changes or implementation of such rules;

(D) consult with the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board regarding educational requirements for schools of acupuncture, oversight responsibilities of each entity, degrees which may be offered by schools of acupuncture;

(E) maintain communication with acupuncture schools;

(F) plan and make visits to acupuncture schools at specified intervals, with the goal of promoting opportunities to meet with the students so they may become aware of the board and its functions;

(G) develop information regarding foreign acupuncture schools in the areas of curriculum, faculty, facilities, academic resources, and performance of graduates;

(H) draft and propose rules which would set the requirements for degree programs in acupuncture;

(I) be available for assistance with problems relating to acupuncture school issues which may arise within the purview of the board;

(J) offer assistance to the Licensure Committee in determining eligibility of graduates of foreign acupuncture schools for licensure;

(K) study and make recommendations regarding documentation and verification of records from foreign acupuncture schools;

(L) make recommendations to the acupuncture board regarding matters brought to the attention of the Education Committee.

(4) Executive Committee:
(A) review agenda for board meetings;

(B) ensure records are maintained of all committee actions;

(C) review requests from the public to appear before the board and to speak regarding issues relating to acupuncture;

(D) review inquiries regarding policy or administrative procedures;

(E) delegate tasks to other committees;

(F) take action on matters of urgency that may arise between board meetings;

(G) assist the medical board in the organization, preparation, and delivery of information and testimony to the Legislature and committees of the Legislature;

(H) formulate and make recommendations to the board concerning future board goals and objectives and the establishment of priorities and methods for their accomplishment;

(I) study and make recommendations to the board regarding the role and responsibility of the board offices and committees;

(J) study and make recommendations to the board regarding ways to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the administration of the board pursuant to the Occupations Code, § 205.102(b);

(K) make recommendations to the board regarding matters brought to the attention of the executive committee.

(h) Meetings of the acupuncture board and of its committees are open to the public unless such meetings are conducted in executive session pursuant to the Open Meetings Act and the Act. In order that board meetings may be conducted safely, efficiently, and with decorum, members of the public shall refrain at all times from smoking or using tobacco products, eating, or reading newspapers and magazines. Members of the public may not engage in disruptive activity that interferes with board proceedings, including, but not limited to, excessive movement within the meeting room, noise or loud talking, and resting of feet on tables and chairs. The public shall remain within those areas of the board's offices designated as open to the public. Members of the public shall not address or question board members during meetings unless recognized by the board's presiding officer pursuant to a published agenda item.

(i) Journalists have the same right of access as other members of the public to acupuncture board meetings conducted in open session, and are also subject to the rules of conduct described in subsection (h) of this section. Observers of any board meeting may make audio or visual recordings of such proceedings conducted in open session subject to the following limitations: the acupuncture board's presiding officer may request periodically that camera operators extinguish their artificial lights to allow excessive heat to dissipate; camera operators may not assemble or disassemble their equipment while the board is in session and conducting business; persons seeking to position microphones for recording board proceedings may not disrupt the meeting or disturb participants; journalists may conduct interviews in the reception area of the board's offices or, at the discretion of the acupuncture board's presiding officer, in the meeting room after recess or adjournment; no interview may be conducted in the hallways of the board's offices; and the acupuncture board's presiding officer may exclude from a meeting any person who, after being duly warned, persists in conduct described in this subsection and subsection (h) of this section.

(j) The assistant presiding officer of the acupuncture board shall assume the duties of the presiding officer in the event of the presiding officer's absence or incapacity.

(k) In the absence or incapacity of both the presiding officer and the assistant presiding officer, the secretary-treasurer shall assume the duties of the presiding officer.

(l) In the event of the absence or incapacity of the presiding officer, the assistant presiding officer, and secretary-treasurer, the members of the acupuncture board may elect another member to act as the presiding officer of a board meeting or may elect an interim acting presiding officer for the duration of the absences or incapacity or until another presiding officer is appointed by the governor.

(m) Upon the death, resignation, or permanent incapacity of the assistant presiding officer or the secretary-treasurer, the acupuncture board shall elect from its membership an officer to fill the vacant position. Such an election shall be conducted as soon as practicable at a regular or special meeting of the acupuncture board.

(n) Committee minutes shall be approved by the full board with a quorum of the committee members present to vote on approval of the minutes.

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