Rule Proposals

All regulations enacted by the Commission are acted on at its public meetings held quarterly. The rulemaking process entails two public actions with a proposal stage and an adoption stage. After the Commission authorizes the rule proposal, it is published in the Texas Register for a minimum of thirty days for comments specifically pertaining to the rule proposal.

The Texas Register is a weekly publication and serves as the journal of state agency rulemaking for Texas. Information published in the Texas Register includes proposed, adopted, withdrawn and emergency rule actions, notices of state agency review of agency rules. After adoption, these rulemaking actions are codified into the Texas Administrative Code. The Texas Administrative Code (TAC) is a compilation of all state agency rules in Texas. Commission rules are located in Title 4 of the TAC.

When the Commission has rules that are open for comment, they will be posted below with a link to the actual rule proposal, with information explaining the rule, as well as a comment link which will provide you an e-mail format to provide your comments. Please make your comments specific to the rule proposal and utilize a professional demeanor in language chosen. Comments may also be mailed to the Commission at the following address:

Comments
Texas Animal Health Commission
P.O. Box 12966
Austin, Texas 78711-2966

Or you may submit comments by fax at (512) 719-0721. Comments need to be received no later than the date indicated as the final date for receipt of comments. Once the comment period is closed the comment link will be removed, but the information regarding the proposal will remain archived on this page. If you have any questions, please call Gene Snelson, General Counsel, at 512-719-0722.

Rules proposed at the September 16, 2014 Commission meeting
Chapter 51, Entry Requirements - Change entry/identification requirements for swine
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Archive of Proposed Rules

Rules proposed at the September 16, 2014 Commission meeting
Chapter 40, CWD - Redefine CWD Containment Zone boundary
Chapter 43, Tuberculosis - Change TB testing requirements/redefine Movement Restriction Zone boundary
Chapter 49, Equine - Broaden definition of racetrack facility
Chapter 57, Poultry - Change entry requirements for poultry
Rules proposed at the May 13, 2014 Commission meeting
Chapter 38, Trichomoniasis - Change in testing & herd certification requirements
Chapter 39, Scabies - Repeal existing chapter
Chapter 39, Scabies and Mange Mites - Create new chapter to accurately identify contagious skin diseases & include new types of treatment
Chapter 45, Reportable Diseases - Add Novel Swine Enteric Coronavirus Disease(s)
Chapter 51, Entry Requirements - Change Trich entry requirements and require statement on CVI for entry of non-commercial swine
Chapter 60, Scrapie - Rule Review
Rules proposed at the January 14, 2014 Commission meeting
Chapter 36, Exotic Livestock and Fowl - Rule Review
Chapter 32, Hearing and Appeal Procedures - Rule Review
Chapter 43, Tuberculosis - Add recordation requirement for Mexican origin cattle & new authorized calf ranch/authorized grower facility rule
Chapter 49, Equine - Change in official identification of known equine Piro reactors
Chapter 51, Entry Requirements - Add recordation requirement for Mexican origin cattle & replace "waybill" with "owner-shipper statement"
Chapter 54, Domestic and Exotic Fowl Registration - Add requirement for fowl confinement at live bird market systems
Rules proposed at the September 10, 2013 Commission meeting
Chapter 47, Approved Personnel - Repeal of Approved Personnel chapter
Chapter 47, Approved Personnel - Creation of new Authorized Personnel chapter
Chapter 38, Trichomoniasis - Add Trichomoniasis test exceptions
Chapter 41, Fever Ticks - Add new authorized treatments for fever ticks
Chapter 50, Animal Disease Traceability (ADT) - Add new cattle identification section
Chapter 51, Entry Requirements - Amend Trichomoniasis entry requirements for bulls
Chapter 57, Poultry - Add new poultry indemnification requirements
Rules proposed at the May 21, 2013 Commission meeting
Chapter Chapter 35, Brucellosis - Remove permanent ID requirement/add entry requirements for cattle from Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming
Chapter Chapter 39, Scabies - Include new types of treatment for Chorioptic Mange
Chapter Chapter 40, Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) - Revise requirements to address changes in interpretation of the federal CWD program
Chapter Chapter 43, Tuberculosis - Include new types of TB tests for captive cervids
Chapter Chapter 50, Animal Disease Traceability (ADT) - Create new ADT chapter
Rules proposed at the January 15, 2013 Commission meeting
Chapter Chapter 40, Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) - Create new section entitled Movement Requirements for CWD Susceptible Species
Chapter 41, Fever Ticks - Create new requirement that cattle maintained in the Permanent Quarantine Zone be officially identified and inspected annually
Chapter 55, Swine (PRV) - Update testing timeframes for releasing swine quarantined for exposure to PRV
Rules proposed at the September 18, 2012 Commission meeting
Chapter 33, Fees - Create new CVI Fee section
Chapter 35, Brucellosis - Add exception to ID requirement for adult slaughter cattle
Chapter 38, Trichomoniasis - Proposed changes to Trich control program
Chapter 40, Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) - Proposed changes to current CWD requirements and add new ED Declaration of CWD Movement Restriction Zone section
Chapter 51, Entry Requirements - Proposed change to Trich testing and Cervidae entry requirements
Chapter 59, General Practices and Procedures - Repeal of CVI Fee section (moved to Chapter 33)
Chapter 59, General Practices and Procedures - Create new ED Declaration of High Risk Disease Movement Restriction Zone section
Rules proposed at the June 5, 2012 Commission meeting
Chapter 40, CWD - Create CWD movement restriction zone(s) in the Trans Pecos Region
Chapter 43, Tuberculosis - Define dairy calf ranches as high risk for disease transmission
Chapter 45, Reportable Diseases - Add Schmallenberg virus to list of reportable diseases
Chapter 49, Equine - Classify an area or county as high risk for equine exposed to Piroplasmosis
Rules proposed at the January 24, 2012 Commission meeting
Chapter 35, Brucellosis - Testing & Change of Ownership Requirements
Chapter 51, Entry Requirements - Proposed Changes Regarding Sheep, Goats, Swine, & Cattle
Rules proposed at the September 20, 2011 Commission meeting
Chapter 53, Market Regulations - Proposed Market Identification
Chapter 33, Fees - Proposed Laboratory Fees
Chapter 33, Fees - Proposed Herd Disease Free Status Fees
Rules proposed at the July 19, 2011 Commission meeting
Chapter 33, Fees - Proposed foreign cattle inspection fee
Rules proposed at the May 24, 2011 Commission meeting
Chapter 38, Trichomoniasis - Proposed change to definitions, testing requirements, and herd certification program section
Chapter 51, Entry Requirements - Proposed change to entry requirements for out of state breeding bulls
Chapter 59, Certificate Of Veterinary Inspections - Proposed change to amount charged for CVIs
Rules proposed at the February 22, 2011 Commission meeting
Chapter 40, Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) - CWD Monitoring Program
Chapter 49, Equine - Piroplasmosis testing
Chapter 51, Entry Requirements - Equine Passports issued by specific states
Chapter 54, Domestic and Exotic Fowl Registration - Fowl Registration fees