FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 08/31/2015
Price Appointed Co-Chair of HHSC Transition Legislative Oversight Committee
Committee created via passage of Senate Bill 200 during 2015 Regular Session
Austin, TX --- Representative Four Price has been appointed Co-Chair of the Health and Human Services Transition Legislative Oversight Committee. The Committee will be comprised of four state representatives, four senators and three public members. Pursuant to Senate Bill 200, the Committee will work with the Executive Commissioner of the Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) in reorganizing the delivery of the state’s health and human services. The legislation provides that the Committee is co-chaired by a member of the Texas House of Representatives and a member of the Texas Senate.
In appointing Representative Price as co-chair, Speaker Joe Straus said, "Representative Price is an outstanding legislator who excels at addressing complex challenges. He has quickly become one of the House's most respected voices on issues related to health and human services. The House has full confidence in Representative Price’s ability to provide strong and thoughtful leadership during this important transition."
"I am honored by Speaker Straus’ confidence in my ability to serve in this leadership role. The work that this committee will do, alongside HHSC Executive Commissioner Chris Traylor and his team, will result in a more nimble, more responsive, and more streamlined health and human services enterprise. The goal of Senate Bill 200 all along was to breakdown silos, reduce duplication, increase efficiencies and achieve better delivery of services. I look forward to working with my committee colleagues to meet those objectives and improve outcomes for those Texans receiving services," said Price.
Senate Bill 200, authored by Senator Jane Nelson and sponsored by Price, was overwhelmingly passed by the Texas Legislature and was signed into law by Governor Greg Abbott in June 2015. The legislation had its genesis in the recommendations adopted by the Sunset Advisory Commission during the last ‘sunset’ cycle. "I want to thank my colleagues on the Sunset Advisory Commission for their incredible work which led to the passage of this key and historic bill. I also want to acknowledge the dedicated work performed by the Sunset Commission staff, the attorneys with the Texas Legislative Council, and members’ legislative staff. Their respective contributions have been invaluable,” commented Representative Price.
Chief of Staff & General Counsel