HB 1392

83(R) - 2013
Health & Human Services

Vote Recommendation

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Susan King

Bill Caption

Relating to information provided by the Department of State Health Services on food regulation.

Fiscal Notes

No significant fiscal implication to the State is anticipated.

Bill Analysis

Summary: HB 1392 would require the Department of State Health Services (DSHS) to provide a “reasonable and substantial response,” to a written request pertaining to a specific food regulation’s applicability to the requestor within 30 days. The response must be an official written determination about the regulation’s applicability or provide requirements for compliance, and an official determination made by the department is valid until the regulation is amended by statute or department rule. An inspector may not issue a citation to a person that violates a food regulation if the person has an official determination that contradicts the inspector’s opinion.

Analysis: HB 1392 requires DSHS to clarify food regulations and whether they apply to a person or business, which can help to simplify Texas’ regulatory climate and keep businesses from wasting resources to comply with inapplicable regulations. This clarity helps businesses to operate more freely and helps businesses retain valuable resources to create more economic growth. Support HB 1392.