The Board adopts administrative rules to clarify and explain statutory provisions. Before a new rule or an amendment to an existing rule goes into effect, the Board publishes two public notices, a proposal notice and an adoption notice, in the Secretary of State's weekly publication, the Texas Register. This is available on the Secretary of State's web site. Click HERE to go directly to the Texas Register.
The proposal serves to notify the public of the Board's interpretation and administration of the statute. During the 30 days following the proposal notice, individuals may comment on the proposed rule.
After reviewing and researching any comments, the Board makes appropriate changes to the proposed text and formally adopts the new rule or rule amendment. The text of the adopted rule is then published in the Texas Register in its final form.
The Rules of the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles are found in the Texas Administrative Code (TAC), Title 37, Part 5. The Secretary of State's Office maintains the TAC on their web site. Click HERE to go directly to the rules.