FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 01/17/2014
Price Selected for Leadership Position on Sunset Advisory Commission
Austin, TX --- Today, Representative Four Price was appointed as Vice Chair of the Sunset Advisory Commission by the Honorable Joe Straus, Speaker of the Texas House of Representatives. Price, who currently serves on the Sunset Advisory Commission, will, in his new role as Vice Chair, help lead the review of 21 state government agencies, including the state’s major health and human service agencies. Price will assist Senator Jane Nelson, the Chair of the Sunset Advisory Commission, for the Commission’s 2014-2015 review cycle. The chair and vice chair leadership duties rotate each cycle between the House and the Senate.
"I am honored to be selected as Vice Chair of the Sunset Advisory Commission and to work again with this important body," Price said. “I look forward to working with Chair Nelson and all of my colleagues on the Commission. The Sunset process is necessary for ensuring our state agencies are making the best use of taxpayer dollars, maintaining transparency and accountability in their operations, and ensuring that essential services are being delivered as directed by the legislature.”
“Sunset review and accountability is a public process with public input for the public good. I look forward to working with the various agencies, Sunset staff, my colleagues in the legislature, and the public to review and provide thoughtful recommendations that will further promote the highest effectiveness of our state government agencies."
The 12-member Sunset Advisory Commission is responsible for reviewing the policies and programs of state agencies, identifying measures to eliminate inefficiencies and improve agency processes. The 84th Texas Legislature, when it convenes in January 2015, will vote, based on Sunset recommendations, whether to continue or "sunset" (abolish) the agencies under review, as well as how to improve the agencies being continued. The 2014-2015 review cycle includes the Health and Human Services Commission, the Department of Aging and Disability Services, the Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services, the Department of Family and Protective Services, and the Department of State Health Services. At present, appropriations to these health agencies comprise nearly 40 percent of the state’s budget.
For more information on the Sunset Advisory Commission, please visit www.sunset.state.tx.us.
Hal Talton, Chief of Staff