Senator Bob Deuell

September 26, 2008


Information on the Texas Sunset Advisory Commission

(AUSTIN) -- This week I spent Tuesday and Wednesday in Austin for an important meeting of the Sunset Advisory Commission. Along with four of my colleagues from the Senate, five from the House, and two public members, I listened to staff presentations and public testimony concerning four important state agencies: The Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education, the Texas Commission on Fire Protection, the Credit Union Department, and the Texas Residential Construction Commission. All the presentations were interesting and informative and I was pleased that a large number of citizens decided to join us and offer public testimony.

Wednesday was primarily spent making commission decisions on the Department of Public Safety, the Private Security Board, the Polygraph Examiners Board, the Texas Department of Insurance, and the Office of Public Insurance Counsel. We also took up unfinished business concerning the Department of Agriculture.

A primary concern of mine is to ensure that all Texans have affordable access to quality health care. To that end, I proposed several modifications to Sunset recommendations on the Texas Department of Insurance dealing with health insurance. These proposals seek to improve transparency, accountability, and control costs.

Some of these proposals will be taken up again in future Sunset hearings, and I also plan to move these ideas during the next regular session of the Texas Legislature.

To read more about Sunset Commission recommendations, or to learn more about the Sunset Process in Texas, please visit their website at

To contact Sen. Deuell about the legislative process, contact the Capitol Office at (512) 463-0102 or mail to Sen. Bob Deuell, Texas Senate, P.O. Box 12068, Austin, TX 78711. The website for the Texas Senate is The e-mail address for Sen. Deuell is: