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Legislative Session

Sunset During the 87th Legislature

The Sunset Commission reviewed 19 entities for the 87th Legislative Session, resulting in 261 recommendations to streamline state government while enhancing services to our citizens. Generally, the recommendations eliminate unnecessary regulations, align agencies’ procedures with best practices, and strengthen accountability and effective delivery of services to the citizens of Texas. Notable recommendations include abolishing the Anatomical Board of the State of Texas and transferring its functions to the Texas Funeral Service Commission, and fully consolidating the Texas Holocaust and Genocide Commission within the Texas Historical Commission. The commission also recommends establishing a blue ribbon panel to comprehensively review and recommend needed changes to repair the state’s fundamentally broken law enforcement regulatory system. Finally, transferring the Texas Racing Commission to the Comptroller of Public Accounts would better ensure the safety, integrity, and fairness of pari-mutuel racing and wagering in Texas.

A complete summary of Sunset’s work is contained in the Report to the 87th Legislature. This information is a guide to the introduced version of the Sunset bills of each agency under review, listed in the chart below.  Generally, these bills go through normal processes in the House and Senate, and must be enacted by the Legislature for the agencies to continue. 

The public can participate in the legislative process on Sunset bills in the same way as any other legislation, through hearings in the Senate and House and contacting legislators who vote on the bills. You may follow the progress of Sunset legislation by clicking the bill numbers below, which link to up-to-date information posted on Texas Legislature Online, a service of the Texas Legislative Council.

Note:  Chart will be updated as bills are filed.

Sunset Bills — 87th Legislature

Agency/Topic
Senate Bill (Author)
House Bill (Author)
Sunset Staff Contact
Agriculture, Texas Department of
S.B. 703 (Buckingham) H.B 1835 (Canales) Robert Romig
Anatomical Board of the State of Texas S.B. 701 (Buckingham) H.B. 1565 (Paddie) Darren McDivitt
Animal Health Commission, Texas S.B. 705 (Lucio) H.B. 1830 (Cyrier) Darren McDivitt
Brazos River Authority S.B. 715 (Hall) H.B. 1570 (Paddie) Robert Romig
Credit Union Department S.B. 707 (Paxton) H.B. 1840 (Lambert) Merrell Foote
Fire Protection, Texas Commission on S.B. 709 (Hall) H.B. 1845 (Canales) Lauren Ames
Holocaust and Genocide Commission, Texas S.B. 708 (Lucio) H.B. 1555 (Goldman) Merrell Foote
Jail Standards, Texas Commission on S.B. 710 (Hall) H.B. 1545 (Cyrier) Rachel Gandy
Law Enforcement, Texas Commission on S.B. 711 (Paxton) H.B. 1550 (Cyrier) Andrew McConnell
Licensing and Regulation, Texas Commission on S.B. 714 (Buckingham) H.B. 1560 (Goldman) Emily Johnson
Parks and Wildlife Department, Texas S.B. 700 (Buckingham) H.B. 1615 (Cyrier) Danielle Nasr
Prepaid Higher Education Tuition Board S.B. 702 (Paxton) H.B. 1850 (Paddie) Morgan Constantino
Racing Commission, Texas S.B. 704 (Buckingham) H.B. 1855 (Cyrier) Lauren Ames
San Jacinto River Authority     Alan Leonard
Teacher Retirement System of Texas S.B. 706 (Lucio) H.B. 1585 (Lambert) Tamara Aronstein
Veterinary Medical Examiners, State Board of S.B. 713 (Buckingham) H.B. 1860 (Cyrier) Morgan Constantino