On Thursday, November 10, 2016, the Sunset Advisory Commission was called to order to announce decisions concerning the Texas Railroad Commission. The Sunset Commission is composed of five senators, five representatives and two public members appointed by the lieutenant governor and the speaker of the House. The Sunset Commission addressed seven issues outlined in the Sunset Commission report and adopted new issues.
Most notably, the Sunset Commission rejected part of the first of seven recommendations by the Sunset Commission staff – to change the Railroad Commission’s name to the Texas Energy Resources Commission to reflect the agency’s current functions. The Sunset Commission did adopt the Sunset staff’s recommendation to reauthorize the Railroad Commission for 12 years. Continue Reading