TITLE 22. EXAMINING BOARDS

PART 16. TEXAS BOARD OF PHYSICAL THERAPY EXAMINERS

CHAPTER 322. PRACTICE

22 TAC §322.1

The Texas Board of Physical Therapy Examiners adopts amendments to 22 Texas Administrative Code (TAC) §322.1(a), concerning Initiation of physical therapy services, pursuant to HB 1363 amendments to Sec. 453.301, Occupations Code during the 87th Legislative Session. The amendment is adopted in order to include physical therapists who have a doctoral degree in physical therapy and are certified by an entity approved by the PT Board in the group that can treat patients for fifteen (15) consecutive business days before requiring a referral from a qualified healthcare practitioner. The amendments are adopted without changes to the proposed text as published in the August 27, 2021, issue of the Texas Register (46 TexReg 5338). The rule will not be republished.

No public comment was received.

The amended rule is adopted under the Physical Therapy Practice Act, Title 3, Subtitle H, Chapter 453, Occupations Code, which provides the Texas Board of Physical Therapy Examiners with the authority to adopt rules consistent with this Act to carry out its duties in administering this Act.

The agency certifies that legal counsel has reviewed the adoption and found it to be a valid exercise of the agency's legal authority.

Filed with the Office of the Secretary of State on October 11, 2021.

TRD-202104004

Ralph A. Harper

Executive Director

Texas Board of Physical Therapy Examiners

Effective date: November 1, 2021

Proposal publication date: August 27, 2021

For further information, please call: (512) 305-6900


CHAPTER 329. LICENSING PROCEDURE

22 TAC §329.7

The Texas Board of Physical Therapy Examiners adopts amendments to 22 Texas Administrative Code (TAC) §329.7, Exemptions from Licensure, pursuant to HB 139 amendment of Sec. 55.0041. RECOGNITION OF OUT-OF-STATE LICENSE OF MILITARY SPOUSE to Chapter 55, Occupations Code during the 87th Legislative Session. The amendment is adopted in order to include providing a copy of the permanent change of station order for the military service member to whom the spouse is married to the proof of residency requirement. The amendments are adopted without changes to the proposed text as published in the August 27, 2021, issue of the Texas Register (46 TexReg 5339). The rule will not be republished.

No public comment was received.

The amended rule is adopted under the Physical Therapy Practice Act, Title 3, Subtitle H, Chapter 453, Occupations Code, which provides the Texas Board of Physical Therapy Examiners with the authority to adopt rules consistent with this Act to carry out its duties in administering this Act.

The agency certifies that legal counsel has reviewed the adoption and found it to be a valid exercise of the agency's legal authority.

Filed with the Office of the Secretary of State on October 11, 2021.

TRD-202104005

Ralph A. Harper

Executive Director

Texas Board of Physical Therapy Examiners

Effective date: November 1, 2021

Proposal publication date: August 27, 2021

For further information, please call: (512) 305-6900


PART 39. TEXAS BOARD OF PROFESSIONAL GEOSCIENTISTS

CHAPTER 851. TEXAS BOARD OF PROFESSIONAL GEOSCIENTISTS LICENSING AND ENFORCEMENT RULES

SUBCHAPTER B. P.G. LICENSING, FIRM REGISTRATION, AND GIT CERTIFICATION

22 TAC §851.41, §851.80

The Texas Board of Professional Geoscientists (TBPG) adopts amendments concerning the licensure and regulation of Professional Geoscientists in Texas. TBPG adopts amendments to 22 TAC §851.41 and §851.80 to add the Texas Fundamentals of Geophysics exam as an option to qualify for Geoscientist-in-Training (GIT) certification and to add a fee for that examination, respectively. These rules are adopted without changes to the proposed text as published in the July 9, 2021, issue of the Texas Register (46 TexReg 4079) and will not be republished.

The adopted amendments will allow applicants for the GIT certification in the discipline of Geophysics to utilize the Texas Fundamentals of Geophysics examination as the qualifying examination for obtaining the certificate. These changes will benefit applicants who apply for the GIT certification in the discipline of geophysics because the current examination tests knowledge of both fundamentals and professional practice of geophysics. The new fundamentals-only examination is better suited to applicants at this early stage in their careers because it eliminates the need for these applicants to answer the professional practice questions before they have had the opportunity to gain the necessary knowledge and experience. The adopted amendments add an examination fee for applicants requesting to sit for the new Texas Fundamentals of Geophysics Examination. The adopted cost to take the new Texas Fundamentals of Geophysics Examination is $75. This fee represents a reduction in cost to applicants for GIT certification because the fee for the currently-required examination for the geophysics GIT certification is $175. Therefore, in offering a new fundamentals examination, there is a decrease in the cost to applicants for requesting GIT certification in geophysics. The certification for GIT is also optional, so the cost is not mandatory for applicants. The adopted amendments also revise the name "National Association of State Boards of Geology (ASBOG®)" to be "ASBOG®" to reflect ASBOG's shortened name.

The adopted amendment to 22 TAC §851.41 adds language in subsection (a)(2)(c), to show that the "Texas Fundamentals of Geophysics Examination (TFGE)" is the qualifying examination for the GIT certification in geophysics. The adopted amendment also revises the name "National Association of State Boards of Geology (ASBOG®)" to be "ASBOG®" to reflect ASBOG's shortened name.

The adopted amendment to 22 TAC §851.80 adds the Texas Fundamentals of Geophysics examination fee of $75. The adopted amendment also removes the name "National Association of State Board of Geology (ASBOG®)" and replaces it with the shortened name "ASBOG®" in subsection (d)(1) when referring to the provider of the Geology Fundamentals and Practice exams. It also renumbers the section.

The public benefit anticipated as a result of enforcing or administering the sections includes ensuring that TBPG rules are clear and consistent regarding the examination requirements for a GIT certification in the discipline of geophysics. It is also beneficial to GIT applicants in geophysics because the Texas Fundamentals of Geophysics Exam is an appropriate measure of an applicant's knowledge at this stage of their career. There is also the added benefit of a reduced the cost to those applicants who apply for certification as a GIT in geophysics in Texas.

No comments were received regarding these amendments.

This section is adopted under the Texas Geoscience Practice Act, Occupations Code §1002.151, which authorizes the Board to adopt and enforce all rules consistent with the Act as necessary for the performance of its duties; Occupations Code §1002.152, which provides that Board shall set reasonable and necessary fees to be charged applicants for examination; Occupations Code §1002.352, which allows the Board to establish criteria by which an individual may register with the board as a GIT.

This section affects the Texas Geoscience Practice Act, Occupations Code §§1002.151, 1002.152, and 1002.352.

The agency certifies that legal counsel has reviewed the adoption and found it to be a valid exercise of the agency's legal authority.

Filed with the Office of the Secretary of State on October 8, 2021.

TRD-202103992

Rene Truan

Executive Director

Texas Board of Professional Geoscientists

Effective date: October 28, 2021

Proposal publication date: July 9, 2021

For further information, please call: (512) 230-5576