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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 14, 2015
AUSTIN — The Sunset Advisory Commission, chaired by Senator Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, today completed its final meeting of this cycle, approving reforms to the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC); the Texas Workforce Investment Council; the State Office of Administrative Hearings; and the Texas Facilities Commission.
"It has been an honor to serve with such an esteemed group, and I am so proud of our accomplishments," said Senator Nelson. "We took our responsibility to eliminate unnecessary bureaucracy seriously. We approved reforms that will lead to more efficient government, and our decisions will have a positive impact for those who depend on state services."
Overall, the Commission voted to abolish eight state agencies, five boards and commissions, and 45 advisory committees. The Commission also voted to deregulate 10 unnecessary professional licensures. The combined savings from Sunset decisions are estimated at nearly $500 million over the next five years.
During the final meeting today, the Commission modified Sunset staff recommendations to the TWC, most notably a proposal from Senator Nelson to transfer vocational rehabilitation services from the Department of Assistive and Rehabilitation Services to the TWC. "This transfer makes sense because it better aligns with the goal of helping individuals with disabilities integrate into the workforce," Senator Nelson said.
The Commission also re-opened the Sunset report for the Department of Family and Protective Services and discussed the need to strengthen contracting oversight. Senator Nelson stated her intention to add new contracting provisions the Health and Human Services Commission Sunset bill.
Final decisions on the future of all 21 Sunset reviews will ultimately rest with the Legislature. The Commission's decisions will be presented in the form of legislation filed during the ongoing legislative session, which continues through June 1, 2015. All of the Commission's reports can be viewed online at www.sunset.texas.gov.