Huffman Gains Appointment To Powerful Sunset Advisory Commission

October 7, 2009

Lt. Governor David Dewhurst yesterday announced the appointment of State Sen. Joan Huffman (R-Southside Place) as one of five senators to serve on the powerful Texas Sunset Advisory Commission.

The commission is charged with identifying and eliminating waste, duplication and inefficiency in 29 government agencies set to expire in 2011 under Texas law.

For her part, Huffman said she was looking forward to serving on the commission.

“I am thrilled by today’s appointment,” Huffman said. “The Sunset Commission is vital to holding our government accountable to our citizens and improving state services.”

The Sunset Advisory Commission was established in 1977 and reviews the policies and programs of more than 150 government agencies every 12 years. Five members of the House of Representatives and two public members will join the Senate appointees to conduct comprehensive evaluations of agencies such as the Texas Department of Transportation, the Railroad Commission, the Texas Public Utility Commission, the Department of Insurance and others.

After seeking public input, the commission will adopt recommendations on how to improve each agency’s operations.

Huffman was appointed along with Senators Glenn Hegar (R-Katy), Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa (D-McAllen), Robert Nichols (R-Jacksonville) and John Whitmire (D-Houston), along with public member Charles McMahen.

Hegar will serve as commission chair; Hinojosa will be vice-chair.

“As a fiscal conservative, I look forward to reviewing these agencies and developing innovative recommendations for the legislature to consider in 2011,” Huffman said. “It is essential every tax dollar is utilized in an effective and efficient manner.”

Huffman’s expansive District 17 includes West University Place and Bellaire, west to the Katy area, south through a large portion of Fort Bend County and across Galveston and much of the upper Texas Gulf Coast.

InstantNewsWestu Staff

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