While our physical offices are closed until further notice in accordance with Austin's COVID-19 "stay home-work safe" order, the Handbook of Texas will remain available at no-cost for you, your fellow history enthusiasts, and all Texas students currently mandated to study from home. If you have the capacity to help us maintain our online Texas history resources during these uncertain times, please consider making a 100% tax-deductible contribution today. Thank you for your support of TSHA and Texas history. Donate Today »


Vivian Elizabeth Smyrl

TEXAS SUNSET ADVISORY COMMISSION. In 1977 the legislature passed the Texas Sunset Act, which provided for periodic review of most state agencies to assess their continued usefulness. The Texas Sunset Advisory Commission carried out this review process and, based on a variety of factors, recommended either the continuation or the abolishment of a given agency. If an agency was to be continued, the commission provided draft legislation to extend the life of the agency and addressed any problems that had been identified during the review. If the commission recommended abolishment, the Sunset Act provided for a one-year wind-down period, during which the agency retained full authority and responsibility, but also moved to conclude its operations. Any unexpended funds belonging to the discontinued agency reverted to the state's general revenue fund. The Sunset Advisory Commission had ten members: the lieutenant governor and the speaker of the House each appointed one member from the general public and four members from their respective chambers. Public members served two-year terms, and the legislative members served staggered four-year terms. In 1993 the legislature debated sending the commission itself through the Sunset process in order to determine if it had outlived its usefulness. A ten-member panel was to study the commission for two years and report its findings to the legislature in 1995.

Austin American-Statesman, March 20, May 14, 1993.

Image Use Disclaimer

All copyrighted materials included within the Handbook of Texas Online are in accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107 related to Copyright and “Fair Use” for Non-Profit educational institutions, which permits the Texas State Historical Association (TSHA), to utilize copyrighted materials to further scholarship, education, and inform the public. The TSHA makes every effort to conform to the principles of fair use and to comply with copyright law.

For more information go to: http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/17/107.shtml

If you wish to use copyrighted material from this site for purposes of your own that go beyond fair use, you must obtain permission from the copyright owner.


The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this article.

Handbook of Texas Online, Vivian Elizabeth Smyrl, "TEXAS SUNSET ADVISORY COMMISSION," accessed July 03, 2020, http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/mdttx.

Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.
visit the mytsha forums to participate

View these posts and more when you register your free MyTSHA account.

Call for Papers: Texas Center for Working-Class Studies Events, Symposia, and Workshops
Hi all! You may be interested in this call for papers I received from the Texas Center for Working-Class Studies at Collin College...

Katy Jennings' Ride Scholarly Research Request
I'm doing research on Catherine Jennings Lockwood, specifically the incident known as "Katy Jennings' Ride." Her father was Gordon C. Jennings, the oldest man to die at the Alamo...

Texas Constitution of 1836 Co-Author- Elisha Pease? Ask a Historian
The TSHA profile of Elisha Marshall Pease states that he wrote part of the Texas Constitution although he was only a 24 year-old assistant secretary (not elected). I cannot find any other mention of this authorship work by Pease in other credible research about the credited Constution authors...