FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 01/17/2014
STRAUS NAMES SUNSET APPOINTEES
AUSTIN---Speaker Joe Straus (San Antonio) today announced the appointments of Reps. Cindy Burkett (Sunnyvale), Larry Gonzales (Round Rock) and Richard Raymond (Laredo) to the Sunset Advisory Commission. Their terms on the commission will expire on September 1, 2017.
Representative Four Price, who has served on the Commission since 2011, has been named Vice Chair for the 2014-2015 biennium.
"I am pleased to appoint these three Members to this important commission," Speaker Straus said. "They are all strong supporters of increased transparency and efficiency in state government and will provide key leadership during the Sunset process in the interim and in the next legislative session."
Straus also appointed Dallas attorney and business consultant Tom Luce to serve as a public member of the Commission. Luce has served the state in many capacities, most recently as an appointee to the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas Oversight Committee.
"Tom Luce will be a valuable addition to the Sunset Advisory Commission," said Straus. "His extensive experience in both the public and private sectors will give him a unique perspective throughout the Sunset process."
More than 20 state agencies are scheduled for Sunset review during the 2014-2015 biennium. Among those are the Health and Human Services Commission and 4 other human service-related agencies, the Texas Workforce Commission, Texas Education Agency, and Texas Facilities Commission.
The Sunset Advisory Commission was created in 1977 and is a 12-member body of legislators and public members appointed by the Lieutenant Governor and the Speaker. The agency's goal is to identify and eliminate waste, duplication, and inefficiency in government agencies. The chairmanship and vice chairmanship of the Commission alternate every two years between the Texas House of Representatives and the Texas Senate.
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