|(a) Membership. The board is composed of nine members
appointed by the governor. Four members must be selected from the
general public. Five members must be eligible for licensure under
the Act, at least one of whom must be a professional educator in marriage
and family therapy. These members must have engaged in the practice
or education of marriage and family therapy for at least five years,
or have 5,000 hours of clinical experience in the practice of marriage
and family therapy.
(b) Terms. Members of the board hold office for staggered
six-year terms. Three members' terms expire February 1 of each odd-numbered
(c) Vacancies. In the event of a vacancy, the governor
shall appoint a replacement who meets the qualifications of the vacated
office to fill the unexpired part of the term.
(d) Elections. At the meeting held nearest to August
31 of each year, the board shall elect a vice-chair by a majority
vote of the members present.
(1) Chair. The chair shall be appointed by the governor
and will serve at the will of the governor.
(A) The chair shall preside at all meetings at which
he or she is in attendance and shall perform all duties prescribed
by law and board rules.
(B) The chair is authorized by the board to make minor
procedural decisions regarding board activities in order to facilitate
the responsiveness and effectiveness of the board. The executive director
shall keep a tabulation of the minor procedural decisions and include
them in the executive director's report to the board.
(C) The chair shall sign the approved minutes of each
(A) The vice-chair shall perform the duties of the
chair in the absence or disability of the chair.
(B) Should the office of the chair become vacant, the
vice-chair shall serve until a successor is named.
(f) Committees. The chair may appoint board members
to committees to assist the board in its work. All committees appointed
by the chair shall consist of no more than four members and shall
make reports to the board at regular meetings. The board shall direct
all such reports to the executive director for distribution. The board
shall appoint at least one public member to any board committee established
to review a complaint filed with the board or review an enforcement
action against a license holder related to a complaint filed with
(g) Compensation. No member of the board may receive
compensation for serving on the board. Each member is entitled to
reimbursement of travel expenses for each day that the member performs
functions as a member of the board.
(A) The executive director or the executive director's
designee shall prepare and submit to each member of the board an agenda
which includes items required by law, items requested by members,
and other matters of board business which have been approved by the
(B) The official agenda of a board meeting shall be
filed with the Texas secretary of state as required by the Texas Open
(C) Any individual wishing to be on the agenda to present
a specified topic at a meeting of the board must provide a written
request to the executive director in time to be placed on the agenda
(not later than 30 days prior to the scheduled date of the meeting)
which describes the topic to be addressed. The chair may limit as
appropriate the time for public participation.
(2) Frequency of meetings. The board shall meet at
least biannually and may meet at other times as the chair deems necessary.
All meetings shall be conducted in accordance with the Texas Open
(3) Attendance. If a member is absent from more than
half of the regularly scheduled board meetings that the member is
eligible to attend during the calendar year, unless the absence is
excused by majority vote of the board, a potential ground for removal
from the board may exist. The chair shall notify the governor that
a potential ground for removal exists. The attendance records of the
members may be made available to the governor of the State of Texas
and/or the Texas Sunset Advisory Commission.
(4) Rules of parliamentary procedure. All official
decisions made by the board shall be made according to parliamentary
procedure as set forth in the latest edition of Robert's Rules of
Order Revised. If a question arises concerning interpretation of the
latest edition of Robert's Rules of Order Revised, the chair or acting
chair will make the decision.
(5) Transaction of official business. The board may
transact official business only when it is a legally constituted meeting
with a quorum present. Five members of the board constitute a quorum.
(i) The board shall not be bound in any way by any
statement or action on the part of any board member, subcommittee
member, or staff member, except when a statement or action is in pursuance
of the specific instruction of the board. Board member or staff member
opinions, except when a statement or action is in pursuance of the
specific instructions of the board, about ethical dilemmas or practice
issues should never be substituted for appropriate professional consultation
or legal advice.
(j) Training. A person who is appointed to and qualifies
for office as a member of the board may not vote, deliberate, or be
counted as a member in attendance at a meeting of the board until
the person completes a training program that meets the requirements
established in the Act.
|Source Note: The provisions of this §801.11 adopted to be effective April 20, 1994, 19 TexReg 2386; amended to be effective November 22, 1996, 21 TexReg 11588; amended to be effective April 11, 2001, 26 TexReg 2713; amended to be effective July 2, 2006, 31 TexReg 5111; amended to be effective March 31, 2013, 38 TexReg 1982