Sunset Advisory Commission Invites Public Input on the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation

The Sunset Advisory Commission is reviewing the mission and performance of the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR) and welcomes public comments on whether the agency is still needed and ideas to improve its operations and services. The Texas Sunset Act requires the Sunset Commission to periodically review TDLR and recommend whether to continue the agency and change state law to improve the agency’s efficiency and effectiveness. TDLR’s overall operations, program administration, and structure are under Sunset review. However, state law specifies that programs transferred to TDLR on or after September 1, 2016 are not under review. As such, these programs are not subject to abolishment and Sunset staff will not evaluate their professional standards or requirements.

The Legislature ultimately will decide whether to continue TDLR and adopt Sunset’s other statutory recommendations. The Sunset Commission also may adopt management directives for TDLR that do not require statutory change.

The Sunset process has three stages. First, Sunset staff will evaluate TDLR, seek public input, and issue a report recommending solutions to problems found. Second, the Sunset Commission will hold two public meetings: a hearing on the staff report and the agency, and a decision meeting to adopt recommendations to the Legislature based on the report and public comments. Third, the Legislature will convene in January 2021 and will consider Sunset’s statutory recommendations in a Sunset bill for TDLR.

Here are several ways to provide comments and suggestions to Sunset staff on TDLR’s mission, operations, and services:

  • Send an email to sunset@sunset.texas.gov
  • Submit comments online at www.sunset.texas.gov
  • Send a letter to Sunset Advisory Commission, Attn: TDLR, P.O. Box 13066, Austin, Texas 78711
  • Call (512) 463-1300 to speak to Emily Johnson, project manager of the TDLR review

Please provide your comments by January 1, 2020 to ensure Sunset staff can fully consider your input while conducting their review. Comments submitted before the staff report is published in May 2020 will remain confidential.

Stay informed! Visit www.sunset.texas.gov to sign up for email alerts on the Sunset staff report and the Sunset Commission’s public meetings on TDLR.