FSC Committee Assignments
COMMITTEE FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF GUIDANCE TO LABS ON DISCLOSURES TO THE COMMISSION
Under Section 38.01 sec. 4(a)(1) of the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure, crime laboratories (as defined under 38.35(a)(1)) are required to self-report professional negligence or professional misconduct to the Commission. Additionally, as the State's accrediting authority for crime laboratories, the Commission must be copied on laboratory correspondence with all national accrediting bodies, including notices of non-conformances. The purpose of this committee is to generate recommendations for the full Commission regarding guidelines for self-disclosure to help the entities subject to these rules understand their obligations under Texas law.
Forensic Development Committee
In accordance with §5.0 of FSC policies and procedures, the FSC's Forensic Development Committee develops plans to strengthen the use of forensic science in criminal courts in Texas. Plans include implementing a reporting system through which accredited laboratories, facilities or entities are required to report professional negligence or misconduct. Such plans may include the collection and dissemination of funding opportunities for forensic science, support for training and the development of professional standards and the collection of information that supports programs for strengthening the reliability of forensic science in Texas.
Legislative Development Committee
In accordance with §6.0 of FSC policies and procedures, the FSC's Legislative Development Committee studies the ongoing work of the FSC, monitors legislation and testifies on the application of statutes within the purview of the FSC. The Committee also reviews and recommends legislative appropriations requests to the full FSC and monitors the appropriations process as it affects the FSC.
Complaint Screening Committee
Mark Daniel, Chair
In accordance with §3.0 of FSC policies and procedures, all FSC complaints are initially reviewed by the Complaint Screening Committee, and further recommendations are made by the Committee and presented to the full FSC.
RIO GRANDE IDENTIFICATION PROJECT COMMITTEE
Sheree Hughes-Stamm, Chair
The 84th Legislature's SB-1287 requires the Commission to establish a method for collecting DNA and other forensic evidence related to unidentified bodies located less than 120 miles from the Rio Grande River. The Rio Grande Identification Project Committee will lead the Commission in fulfilling this legislative mandate. For more information about the Rio Grande Identification Project, please visit the Rio Grande Identification Project page on our website here.