Texas House Speaker Joe Straus named William Meadows of Fort Worth as the public appointee to the Sunset Advisory Commission.
Meadows, the chairman emeritus of HUB International Insurance Services, joins two other new appointees, Reps. Dan Flynn of Van and Senfronia Thompson of Houston, to the commission. Straus chose Rep. Larry Gonzales of Round Rock to serve as the commission’s new chairman.
“These appointees have a very important job,” Straus said. “I am confident that their review and recommendations will help state agencies serve taxpayers better. Their work will also help the House continue to make state government more transparent and efficient.”
The Sunset Commission was created so that legislators and members of the public could periodically review state agencies and decide whether they should continue to exist. The commission’s work provides the foundation for legislation that is needed to keep the agencies operating. The process also allows legislators to reform agencies’ operations and review their core missions.
The commission will review 24 agencies in the current cycle, including the Texas Department of Transportation, the Railroad Commission and the Texas Medical Board.
“We will be rolling out in the next few months recommendations we feel make Texas government more accountable, transparent and efficient,” Chairman Gonzales said. “I look forward to the public’s input when we hold public meetings later this year.”