Texas Sunset Advisory Commission

By: Vivian Elizabeth Smyrl

Type: General Entry

Published: September 1, 1995

In 1977 the legislature passed the Texas Sunset Act, which provided for periodic review of most state agencies to assess their continued usefulness. The Texas Sunset Advisory Commission carried out this review process and, based on a variety of factors, recommended either the continuation or the abolishment of a given agency. If an agency was to be continued, the commission provided draft legislation to extend the life of the agency and addressed any problems that had been identified during the review. If the commission recommended abolishment, the Sunset Act provided for a one-year wind-down period, during which the agency retained full authority and responsibility, but also moved to conclude its operations. Any unexpended funds belonging to the discontinued agency reverted to the state's general revenue fund. The Sunset Advisory Commission had ten members: the lieutenant governor and the speaker of the House each appointed one member from the general public and four members from their respective chambers. Public members served two-year terms, and the legislative members served staggered four-year terms. In 1993 the legislature debated sending the commission itself through the Sunset process in order to determine if it had outlived its usefulness. A ten-member panel was to study the commission for two years and report its findings to the legislature in 1995.

Austin American-Statesman, March 20, May 14, 1993.

The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this entry.

Vivian Elizabeth Smyrl, “Texas Sunset Advisory Commission,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed August 12, 2022, https://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/entries/texas-sunset-advisory-commission.

Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

September 1, 1995