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Austin, Texas 78711
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 18, 2013
AUSTIN — Texas State Senator Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, was appointed today as Chair of the Sunset Advisory Commission for the 2014-2015 cycle. In this role, Senator Nelson will lead the sunset review process for 21 state boards, commissions and agencies.
"I look forward to the challenge of leading a critical Sunset review cycle that will set the course forward for our health and human service agencies, the Workforce Commission and other key entities," said Senator Nelson. "The Sunset process allows us to put our state agencies under a microscope, consider whether they are still needed and evaluate their overall effectiveness. I am honored to be appointed chair and eager to get started."
Every state agency has a Sunset date -- a date after which they will be abolished unless legislation is passed to continue its functions. This process allows the Legislature to look closely at each agency and make changes to its mission or operations if needed. Agencies typically undergo review once every 12 years. Among the agencies scheduled for review during the 2014-2015 cycle include the: Health and Human Services Commission; Department of Aging and Disability Services; Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services; Department of Family and Protective Services; Department of State Health Services; Texas Workforce Commission; and the State Office of Administrative Hearings. A full listing of all the agencies scheduled for review can be found here. The Sunset Advisory Commission also takes public comments into account, and those who wish to provide input to the Commission can do so here.
This is Senator Nelson's second time to serve as Chair of the Sunset Advisory Commission, making her the only person to be appointed as Chair twice since the Commission was created in 1977. She also served as Chair during the 2002-2003 cycle, and as Vice-Chair for the 2004-2005 cycle. She is also chair of the Senate Health and Human Services Committee, and serves on the Senate Finance Committee, the Senate Nominations Committee and the Senate Open Government Committee.