ABOUT THE SUNSET COMMISSION

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The Process

Sunset works by setting a date on which an agency is abolished unless the Legislature passes a bill to continue it. Sunset staff evaluates the agency and issues recommendations for positive change. The Commission considers the recommendations, hears public testimony, and decides on a package of changes to bring to the full Legislature.

The People

The Commission has five senators, five representatives, and two members of the public, appointed by the Lieutenant Governor and the Speaker of the House. The Sunset staff is composed of evaluation and administrative professionals that support the Commission by performing agency reviews and assisting in the legislative process.

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The Impact

Since 1977, changes enacted through Sunset reviews have abolished 41 agencies, consolidated another 51, and had an estimated positive fiscal impact of $1 billion, returning $19 for every $1 spent on Sunset. The Legislature typically passes about 80 percent of the Sunset Commission's recommendations, positively affecting every area of state government through 551 reviews.