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(3) the burn is conducted by the members of a prescribed burning organization that has insurance coverage in an amount not less than the amount established by the board under Section 153.046. (13298)

Added by Acts 1999, 76th Leg., ch. 1432, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1999. Amended by Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 829, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 2001. (13299)

Amended by: (13300)

Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 506 (S.B. 1016), Sec. 2.09, eff. September 1, 2009. (13301)

Acts 2013, 83rd Leg., R.S., Ch. 196 (S.B. 764), Sec. 2, eff. May 25, 2013. (13302)

Acts 2015, 84th Leg., R.S., Ch. 169 (H.B. 2119), Sec. 9, eff. September 1, 2015. (13303)

Sec. 153.101. COMPLAINTS. (13305)(Text)

The department shall receive and process complaints concerning certified and insured prescribed burn managers in the manner described by Section 12.026, Agriculture Code, and rules adopted under that section. (13306)

Added by Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 506 (S.B. 1016), Sec. 2.10, eff. September 1, 2009. (13307)


(a) The department may impose an administrative sanction, including an administrative penalty, as provided by Sections 12.020, 12.0201, 12.0202, and 12.0261, Agriculture Code, for a violation of this chapter. (13309)

(b) The department by rule shall adopt a schedule of the disciplinary sanctions that the department may impose under this chapter. In adopting the schedule of sanctions, the department shall ensure that the severity of the sanction imposed is appropriate to the type of violation or conduct that is the basis for disciplinary action. (13310)

(c) In determining the appropriate disciplinary action, including the amount of any administrative penalty to assess, the department shall consider: (13311)

(1) whether the person: (13312)

(A) is being disciplined for multiple violations of either this chapter or a rule or order adopted under this chapter; or (13313)

(B) has previously been the subject of disciplinary action by the department under this chapter and has previously complied with department rules and this chapter; (13314)

(2) the seriousness of the violation; (13315)

(3) the threat to public safety; and (13316)

(4) any mitigating factors. (13317)

Added by Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 506 (S.B. 1016), Sec. 2.10, eff. September 1, 2009. (13318)

Sec. 153.103. INJUNCTION. (13319)(Text)

(a) The department may apply to a district court in any county for an injunction to restrain a person who is not a certified and insured prescribed burn manager from representing that the person is a certified and insured prescribed burn manager. (13320)

(b) At the request of the department, the attorney general shall initiate and conduct an action in a district court in the state's name to obtain an injunction under this section. (13321)

Added by Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 506 (S.B. 1016), Sec. 2.10, eff. September 1, 2009. (13322)

Sec. 153.104. EMERGENCY SUSPENSION. (13323)(Text)

(a) On determining that a certification holder is engaged in or about to engage in a violation of this chapter and that the certification holder's continued practice constitutes an immediate threat to the public welfare, the department may issue an order suspending the certification holder's certification without notice or a hearing. The department shall immediately serve notice of the suspension on the certification holder. (13324)

(b) The notice required by Subsection (a) must: (13325)

(1) be personally served on the certification holder or be sent by registered or certified mail, return receipt requested, to the certification holder's last known address according to the department's records; (13326)

(2) state the grounds for the suspension; and (13327)

(3) inform the certification holder of the right to a hearing on the suspension order. (13328)

(c) A certification holder whose certification is suspended under this section is entitled to request a hearing on the suspension not later than the 30th day after the date of receipt of notice of the suspension. Not later than the fifth day after the date a hearing is requested, the department shall issue a notice of hearing. (13329)

(d) A hearing on a suspension order under this section is subject to Chapter 2001, Government Code. If the hearing is before an administrative law judge, after the hearing, the administrative law judge shall recommend to the department whether to uphold, vacate, or modify the suspension order. (13330)

(e) A suspension order issued under this section remains in effect until further action is taken by the department. If the administrative law judge's recommendation under Subsection (d) is to vacate the order, the department shall determine whether to vacate the order not later than the second day after the date of the recommendation. (13331)

Added by Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 506 (S.B. 1016), Sec. 2.10, eff. September 1, 2009. (13332)



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