Rule Format

What are the terms and symbols used by the Texas Register?
Terms Symbols
Title 1
Part 1
Chapter 1
Subchapter A
Division 1
Section 1.1 (chapter.section)
Subsection (a)
Paragraph (1)
Subparagraph (A)
Clause (i)
Subclause (I)
Item (-a-)
Subitem (-1-)

What is the correct Section Structure?

§1.1. Section Title.

(a)

(b)

(1)

(2)

(A)

(B)

(i)

(ii)

(I)

(II)

(-a-)

(-b-)

(-1-)

(-2-)

There must be at least two designations in a section, that is, no (a) without a (b). The exception to this rule is an implied (a).


What is an implied (a)?

When there is only one subsection in a section, omit the "(a)." This is referred to as an "implied (a)." When using an implied (a) in a section, the next level will be the paragraph (i.e., (1), (2), (3) etc.) not the subsection (i.e., (a), (b), (c), etc.).

Examples:

§1.1. Definitions.

The following words and terms, when used in this chapter, shall have the following meanings, unless the context clearly indicates otherwise.

(1) Administrative Code--The Texas Administrative Code, as established by the Government Code, Chapter 2002, Subchapter C, §2002.051, also referred to as TAC.

(2) APA--Administrative Procedure Act, Government Code, Chapter 2001.

(3) Agency--Any state board, commission, department, or officer having statewide jurisdiction, other than an agency wholly financed by federal funds, the legislature, the courts, and institutions of higher education, that makes rules or determines contested cases.

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§1.2. Liaison and Certifying Official.

The liaison and certifying official sign the submission form that accompanies a filing to certify the document before submitting it to the Texas Register. Notify us by letter to designate a liaison, a certifying official, and their alternates if applicable. After filing, they must be available to answer questions about the document. If we fail to reach the liaison, we may reject or postpone publication of the document.