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 –Crematories, including inspection forms 
  • May 9 -  Clean up 
  • May 21 – 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 first stakeholder meeting on March 7th! It was a good first step in reviewing rules related to establishments. Please know this propsal is 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

 

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 ADVISORY COMMISSION DECISIONS

The Sunset Advisory Commission met on November 14, 2018 to consider the staff recommendations. The full Commission adopted the staff recommendations with modifications. Those recommendations will now be turned into legislation to be considered during the upcoming Legislative Session. Senator Bob Hall and Representative Senfronia Thompson will author the Sunset bills.

 

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):

  • March 19, 2019
  • 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 2nd Quarter Newsletter (Jan. 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.