The Public Meeting Was Held on August 22
The Sunset Commission held a public meeting on August 22 and made the following decisions.
Sunset Commission Accepting Written Testimony
The Sunset Commission is accepting written testimony on the State Bar of Texas through 5 p.m. Tuesday, June 28. Those wishing to submit comments should use the commission’s online input form.
Sunset Commission Hearing Set for June 23
The Sunset Commission will accept public testimony during a meeting at 9 a.m. Thursday, June 23, 2016, in the House Appropriations Committee Room, Room E1.030, Capitol Extension, 1400 Congress Ave., in Austin. Click here for the meeting agenda.
The Sunset Review of the State Bar of Texas
The mission and performance of the State Bar of Texas are under review by the Legislature as required under the Texas Sunset Act. The Act provides that the Sunset Commission, composed of legislators and public members, periodically evaluate a state agency to determine if the agency is still needed and to explore ways to ensure that the agency's funds are well spent. Based on the recommendations of the Sunset Commission, the Texas Legislature ultimately decides whether an agency continues to operate into the future.
The Sunset review involves three steps. First, Sunset Commission staff will evaluate the State Bar of Texas and issue a report in April 2016 recommending solutions to problems found. A month or so later, the Sunset Commission will meet to hear public testimony on the agency and the recommendations of the Sunset staff. Based on public input and the Sunset staff report, the Sunset Commission will adopt recommendations for the full Legislature to consider when it convenes in January 2017. Please refer to the Sunset Commission website or call the office for updated information on specific dates for these meetings.
Through the Sunset review, every Texan has the opportunity to suggest ways in which the mission and operations of the State Bar of Texas can be strengthened. If you would like to share your ideas about the State Bar, please send an email to the address below, use the comment form on the Sunset Commission website, or contact the Sunset staff. Suggestions are preferred by December 18, 2015, so they can be fully considered by the Commission staff.
Sunset Advisory Commission
P.O. Box 13066
Austin, Texas 78711
Information about the Sunset process, Sunset Commission meetings, and how to receive Sunset Commission email updates is available at www.sunset.texas.gov.