Senator Glenn Hegar Announces Date of Sunset Organizational Meeting
Austin — Today, State Senator Glenn Hegar (R-Katy), the Chairman of the Sunset Advisory Commission, announced the date for the Commission's organizational meeting. That meeting is set for November 17 at 11:00 AM in the Senate Finance Room at the Texas State Capitol in Austin.
"The members of the Sunset Commission have a great deal of work ahead of us with our upcoming review cycle. I am eager to finalize meeting schedules and get the review process underway," stated Chairman Hegar.
At this meeting, the Sunset Review Schedule, as well as the overall meeting schedule, will be approved by the full Commission. Both the review schedule and Commission meeting dates can be accessed by visiting the Sunset Advisory Commission's website (www.sunset.state.tx.us).
In 1977, the Texas Legislature created the Sunset Advisory Commission to identify and eliminate waste, duplication, and inefficiency in government agencies. The 12-member Commission is a legislative body that reviews the policies and programs of more than 150 government agencies every 12 years. The Commission questions the need for each agency, looks for potential duplication of other public services or programs, and considers new and innovative changes to improve each agency's operations and activities. The current review schedule includes 29 extremely important agencies and some of the agencies with particular interest include the Public Utility Commission, Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, and the Division of Workers' Compensation, in addition to re-reviews of the Texas Department of Insurance, Texas Department of Transportation, and the Texas Youth Commission.
The 12 member Commission consists of five State Senators and public member that are selected by the Lieutenant Governor, and five State Representatives and one public member selected by the Speaker of the House. Senator Hegar was recently appointed Chairman of the Commission by Texas Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst after having served as Vice Chairman during the 81st Texas Legislature.
The Sunset Advisory Commission is estimated to have saved the state over $736 million from 1982 to 2003.
Senator Hegar served two terms in the Texas House of Representatives and now represents Senate District 18 in the Texas Senate. He is a sixth generation Texan, and earns a living farming on land that has been in his family since the mid 1800's. He currently resides in Katy, Texas with his wife Dara, and their three children, Claire, Julia, and Jonah.