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Price Named to Sunset Commission

Dec. 6, 2011
Amarillo Globe-News

AUSTIN – State Rep. Four Price has been appointed to the Sunset Advisory Commission, a joint legislative panel that identifies waste in state agencies, Texas House Speaker Joe Straus said Tuesday.

“I am very honored to be one of only five House members appointed to the commission,” said Price, R-Amarillo.

The panel, which consists of five House members, five senators and two private citizens appointed by the speaker and the lieutenant governor, is an influential committee because it recommends to the Legislature whether any of the agencies it reviews should continue operating. Price, along with Rep. Harold Dutton, D-Houston, chairman of the House Urban Affairs Committee, were appointed to serve on the Sunset Commission until Sept. 15, 2015, provided both are re-elected next year and in 2014.

“I am pleased to appoint Chairman Dutton and Rep. Price to this important committee,” Straus said. “They are strong supporters of transparency and efficiency measures, and will provide key leadership during the sunset process in the interim and during the 83rd session.”

Price is also the only member of the Texas Panhandle/South Plains legislative delegation who will serve on the panel, at least for the next two years. Former Rep. Carl Isett, R-Lubbock, who retired from the House nearly two years ago, chaired the panel from late 2007 until after the 2009 session ended. The Legislature created the commission in 1977 with the idea of making the state government more efficient. In each legislative cycle, the panel reviews the performance of about 26 agencies, state commissions and boards. In recent years, it has recommended abolishing some…. Price said he is aware of the responsibility of conducting thorough reviews and is prepared for the challenge.

“It has saved taxpayers’ dollars by eliminating waste and inefficiency,” he said. “My goal is work hard and to think critically so that additional waste can be eliminated.”