TITLE 37. PUBLIC SAFETY AND CORRECTIONS

PART 15. TEXAS FORENSIC SCIENCE COMMISSION

CHAPTER 651. DNA, CODIS, FORENSIC ANALYSIS, AND CRIME LABORATORIES

SUBCHAPTER A. ACCREDITATION

37 TAC §651.5

The Texas Forensic Science Commission ("Commission") adopts an amendment to 37 Tex. Admin. Code §651.5, without changes to the proposed text as published in the November 24, 2017, issue of the Texas Register (42 TexReg 6602), and will not be republished. The amendments add "footwear and tire tread comparison" and "analysis of nucleic acids other than human DNA" to the list of forensic disciplines and procedures subject to Commission accreditation requirements. The amendments are necessary to update the rule language in Title 37, Part 1, Chapter 651, Subchapter A, §651.5 to reflect adoptions made by the Commission at its May 26, 2017 and November 3, 2017 quarterly meetings.

Summary of Comments. No comments were received regarding the amendments to this section.

The adoptions were made in accordance with the Commission's accreditation authority to subject or exempt from the crime laboratory accreditation process a type of analysis, examination, or test as described in Tex. Code. Crim. Proc. art. 38.01 §4-d(b).

Cross reference to statute. The adoption affects 37 Tex. Admin. Code §651.5.

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 January 3, 2018.

TRD-201800021

Leigh Savage

Associate General Counsel

Texas Forensic Science Commission

Effective date: January 23, 2018

Proposal publication date: November 24, 2017

For further information, please call: (512) 936-0661