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2008-2009 Review Cycle

81st Legislative Session

Summary of Sunset Legislation 81st Legislature (2009)

Report to the 81st Legislature (February 2009)

The 81st Legislature examined 27 state agencies and boards under Sunset review. The Legislature passed legislation that continued 20 agencies. Six entities, the Texas Department of Transportation, Texas Department of Insurance, Office of Public Insurance Counsel, Texas Racing Commission, Equine Research Account Advisory Committee, and Texas State Affordable Housing Corporation, were continued, but for only two years, when their Sunset bills failed to pass. In addition, the Legislature continued the Office of State-Federal Relations as an independent agency and administratively attached the Office to the Office of the Governor.

The Legislature abolished the Texas Residential Construction Commission, and abolished and transferred the functions of two other agencies. For four other agencies, the Legislature removed the agencies’ separate Sunset dates, providing that they be reviewed in conjunction with the state agencies to which they are administratively attached. The Legislature also abolished the Texas-Israel Exchange Fund Board, allowing its function to continue with the Texas Department of Agriculture, but without an independent board.

Agencies Continued in 2009

Agencies Abolished in 2009

Agencies Abolished with Functions Transferred in 2009

Agencies Not Subject to Abolishment in 2009