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1978-1979 and 1980-1981 Review Cycles

66th and 67th Legislative Session

Final Report to the 66th Legislature

Final Report to the 67th Legislature

The 66th and 67th Legislatures reviewed 54 agencies, primarily focusing on professional licensing agencies. The Legislature continued 36 agencies, abolished 10 agencies, and abolished and transferred the functions of eight.
Major changes developed by the first two Commissions were applied to professional licensing agencies.  The Sunset Commission developed statutory language to correct a number of problems common to professional licensing agencies, and later expanded the scope of the language to apply to any agency under Sunset review. These standard provisions are outlined below.

  • Governor designation of agencies’ presiding officers. Increases agencies’ accountability to the executive branch by empowering the Governor to designate the presiding officer of an agency’s oversight board or commission.
  • Public members on boards. Provides the public with a direct voice in agencies’ activities.
  • Prohibit conflicts of interest. Breaks close ties between agencies and associations and other groups.  Prioritizes fairness and impartiality in agencies’ regulatory activities and decisions.
  • Development of EEO policy. Places a highly visible emphasis on fair and impartial hiring and promotion of state employees.
  • Provision for public testimony. Increases the opportunity for public input and participation in agency activities.

Agencies Continued in 1979 and 1981

Agencies Abolished in 1979 and 1981

Agencies Abolished with Functions Transferred in 1979 and 1981