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Sunset Review

The Texas State Library and Archives Commission is scheduled for legislative Sunset Review in 2019. The Sunset Review is the legislative process by which the State examines an agency, its functions, and rationale for continuation. Typically, an agency goes through Sunset every 12 years.

The Sunset Act requires the Sunset Commission to recommend abolishing or continuing each agency under review.  If the Commission chooses to continue an agency, it almost always makes other recommendations to improve the agency’s operations.

These improvements may include changing functions to eliminate duplication, identifying change to increase the efficiency of operations, or improving the responsiveness of the agency to its stakeholders.  The Sunset Commission can recommend two types of actions: statutory changes to alter the state laws that govern a particular agency; or management changes, which direct the agency to change its rules or internal policies under existing authority. The Sunset Review process does not make recommendations on funding.

The work leading up to the Sunset Review involves an extended process for capturing feedback on an agency’s duties and performance. As a starting point, all agencies are asked to produce a Self Evaluation Report (SER), which serves to highlight staff and governing board priorities for updating the agency’s statutes, rules, or practices.

TSLAC  is now in the process of reaching out to stakeholders. We invite anyone interested in the work of the TSLAC to complete the stakeholder survey.

Timeline:

June 2016:   Agency Strategic Plan for 2017 -2021 due.

August 2016:   LAR for 2018-2019 due.

January 2017:   85th Legislature beings.

February 2017:   Initial discussion of Sunset Review process, timeline and issues with the Commission

February to June 2017:   Staff begins SER based on 2015 instructions.

April 2017:   Commission discussion of Sunset Review

June 2017:   Further Discussion of Sunset Review Policy issue with Commission.

June 2017:   SER instructions released.

August 2017:   Final review of the SER by the Commission.

August 2017:  Sunset SER submitted to Sunset Commission.

Fall 2017:   Sunset Review Schedule issued by Sunset Commission.

Spring 2018:   Solicit public input on the agency and the SER.

Spring to Summer, 2018:   Sunset Commission staff reviews SER, gathers input, and prepares the staff report.

June 2018:   Agency Strategic Plan for 2019-2023 due.

August 2018:   LAR for 2020-2021 due.

September 2018:   Sunset Commission staff issues the staff report.

Fall 2018:   Sunset commission holds public hearings and makes decision (Decision Material document issued).

January 2019:   Sunset Commission report to the 86th Legislature on all agencies subject to Sunset Review in 2019.

January 2019 to May 2019: 86th Legislature considers Sunset Commission recommendations/legislation.

February/March 2019:    Sunset legislation regarding TSLAC introduced

September 1, 2019:  Probable effective date of legislation passed by 86th Legislature.

July 2019:   Submit report to SAO re; action taken in response to legislative changes.

October 2019:  Submit report to Sunset Commission re action taken in response to legislative changes.

Page last modified: April 5, 2017