State Office of Administrative Hearings
State Office of Administrative Hearings

Notice of Public Hearing
1 TAC Chapter 159, Subchapter C – Witnesses and Subpoenas

The State Office of Administrative Hearings (SOAH) will conduct a public hearing on Tuesday, October 28, 2014.  The hearing will begin at 10:00 a.m. in Room 404 of the William P. Clements Building, 300 W. 15th Street (15th and Lavaca), Austin, Texas.

SOAH will hear public comment on proposed amendment to 1 TAC Chapter 159,
Subchapter C – Witnesses and Subpoenas, § 159.103 (concerning Subpoenas).  The proposed amendment was published in the Texas Register on May 23, 2014 (39 Tex. Reg. 3919).  The comment period for the rules closed as of June 22, 2014; however, additional comments will be accepted at the public hearing.

SOAH’s field offices in Corpus Christi, Dallas, El Paso, Fort Worth, Houston, Lubbock, and San Antonio will be connected to the October 28, 2014 hearing by videoconference.  Those who wish to offer comment on the rules without traveling to Austin may do so via the videoconference.

So that SOAH can plan and prepare for the comment hearing, SOAH requests that persons wishing to offer comment at the October 28, 2014 hearing via videoconference notify the field office at which the person will appear of his or her intent to attend the comment hearing via videoconference.  Notification may be accomplished in one of the following two ways:  1) Each field office has a sign-up sheet available on which prospective commenters may signify their intent to appear at the comment hearing via videoconference; or 2) Prospective commenters may contact the particular field office by telephone to advise the staff there of the intent to appear at the comment hearing via videoconference.

SOAH will take comment from anyone who appears on October 28, 2014 at the comment hearing, even if the person has not previously notified the field office of the intent to appear, but SOAH would appreciate knowing approximately how many people intend to comment from each office so that we may assure the comment hearing runs smoothly, efficiently, and without technical difficulty.

SOAH offers reasonable accommodations for persons attending meetings, hearings, or educational events, as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act.  If you require special accommodations, please contact SOAH’s Docketing office at 512-475-3445 a minimum of two days prior to the hearing date.

For further information regarding this notice, you may contact Tom Walston, General Counsel, at 512-475-4993

A request for a public hearing on a proposal submitted under the Administrative Procedure Act must be received by the State Office of Administrative Hearings not more than 14 calendar days after notice of the proposal has been published in the Texas Register. Unforeseen circumstances may delay publication of the agency rules in the Texas Register.

Please contact Debra Anderson at (512) 475-4931 with any questions.

Sunset Self-Evaluation Report

SOAH's Sunset self-evaluation report was filed with the Sunset Advisory Commission on August 30, 2013.
   PDF Sunset Report
   PDF Supplementary Attachments

Rule on Summary Disposition

SOAH's revised rule on summary disposition, 1 TAC § 155.505, became effective July 16, 2013.

Electronic Case Information System

SOAH's electronic Case Information System is now operational. Please click the “Electronic Case Files” link at the upper right-hand corner of this page for access.  As part of this system, SOAH has new fax numbers for all general docket cases.  The new numbers are: 

512-322-2061 - Austin
512-322-0470 - Corpus Christi
512-322-0471 - Dallas
512-322-0472 - El Paso
512-322-0473 - Fort Worth
512-322-0474 - Houston
512-322-0475 - Lubbock
512-322-0476 - San Antonio

The new numbers should be used for all fax communications relating to any case other than the Department of Public Safety’s Administrative License Revocation (ALR) program.  The fax numbers remain unchanged for ALR filings. 

Documents containing confidential information or personal identifiers such as social security numbers or drivers’ license numbers should not be filed by fax in general docket cases.  See SOAH Procedural Rules 155.101(b) and 155.413.

SOAH Procedural Rules

Click here for SOAH's procedural rules.

Agency Mission

The mission of the State Office of Administrative Hearings is to conduct fair, prompt and efficient hearings and alternative dispute resolution (ADR) proceedings and to provide fair, logical and timely decisions.