PRESS RELEASE
from the Office of State Senator Craig Estes, District 30

For Immediate Release
January 7, 2008
Contact: Jody Withers
512-463-0130

Senator Craig Estes begins Sunset Commission review of major state agencies

Austin - State Senator Craig Estes (Wichita Falls-R) is a member of the Sunset Advisory Commission and will be attending its organizational meeting on Thursday, January 10, in Austin to set the review schedule for state agencies and boards subject to Sunset oversight for the 81st Legislature.

"The Sunset Advisory Commission performs an important role in reviewing, reforming, and limiting the size and scope of state government," said Estes. "I take my role very seriously in reviewing state agencies and my position gives my constituents an opportunity to comment and impact the functions of their government."

Some of the important state agencies scheduled for review in this cycle include the Texas Department of Transportation, Texas Department of Agriculture, Department of Public Safety, Parks and Wildlife Department, Texas Youth Commission, and the Texas Insurance Department.

"Transportation is one of leading issues facing our state as we work to expand the economy and improve our quality of life," said Estes. "My position on the Sunset Commission gives our region an important seat at the table in reviewing and rewriting the laws governing the Transportation Department and directing transportation policy for our state."

"Agriculture is a very important segment to both the overall state economy and the economy in Senate District 30," added Estes. "The review of the Texas Agriculture Department will help keep this vital state agency focused on our rural areas as our state continues its trend toward major urban populations."

Senate District 30 is also home to several state parks including Eisenhower State Park, Lake Mineral Wells State Park, Ray Roberts Lake State Park, Fort Richardson State Park, Fort Griffin State Park, Possum Kingdom State Park, and Lake Arrowhead State Park. The review of the Parks and Wildlife Department is very important to the funding and operation of these parks.

For more information on the Sunset Advisory Commission and a complete listing of all agencies and boards scheduled for review, please visit www.sunset.state.tx.us.

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