Proposed Rule Reviews

Texas Department of Agriculture

Title 4, Part 1

The Texas Department of Agriculture (the Department), files this notice of intent to review the rules in Texas Administrative Code, Title 4, Part 1, Chapter 1, Subchapter A, General Rules of Practice, comprised of: §1.1 (Definitions), §1.2 (Purpose), §1.3 (Scope and Construction of Rules), §1.4 (Procedure for Adoption of Rules), §1.5 (Filing and Service of Documents), §1.6 (Computation and Enlargement of Time), §1.7 (Agreements Between Parties), §1.8 (Published Service in Nonrulemaking Proceedings), §1.9 (Effect of Signing of Pleadings, Sanctions), §1.10 (Parties), §1.11 (Pleadings), §1.12 (Motions), §1.13 (Docketing and Numbering of Cases; Notice of Hearing; Location of Hearings), §1.15 (Prehearing Conference), §1.16 (Consolidation or Separation of Matters), §1.17 (Motions for Continuance or Withdrawal), §1.18 (Administrative Law Judges), §1.19 (Reporters and Transcript), §1.20 (Rules of Evidence), §1.21 (Conduct and Decorum), §1.22 (Rules of Discovery and Sanctions), §1.23 (Subpoenas, Depositions, and Orders To Produce), §1.24 (Witness Fees), §1.25 (Filing of Exceptions, Briefs, and Replies), §1.26 (Decisions and Orders), §1.27 (Texas Rules of Court To Apply), §1.30 (Default Provisions), §1.41 (Private Real Property Rights Affected by Governmental Action), §1.49 (Suspension of Rules), and §1.50 (Effect of Invalidity of a Rule).

This review is being conducted in accordance with the requirements of Texas Government Code §2001.039 (Agency Review of Existing Rules).

The Department will consider whether the initial factual, legal, and policy reasons for adopting each rule continue to exist and whether these rules should be repealed, readopted, or readopted with amendments.

Written comments pertaining to this rule review may be submitted by mail to Skyler Shafer, Assistant General Counsel, at Texas Department of Agriculture, P.O. Box 12847, Austin, TX 78711-2847 or by email at The deadline for comments is 30 days after publication of this notice in the Texas Register.


Skyler Shafer

Assistant General Counsel

Texas Department of Agriculture

Filed: March 26, 2021