The Texas Department of Public Safety and Sunset Review

This is the first part of an ongoing series in which we review some proposed changes to the Department of Public Safety (DPS) rules and law by the Texas Sunset Advisory Commission (Sunset Commission). The Sunset process in Texas involves a review of state agencies by the Sunset Commission and Texas Legislature. Approximately 140 Texas state agencies are subject to this process. An agency can expect to undergo Sunset review roughly every 12 years. Sunset starts with the basic question of whether or not the agency’s functions continue to be needed and continues with an analysis of how any necessary functions are performed—and how they should be improved.

DPS is currently under Sunset review, and the Sunset Commission has issued its report to the Legislature. Bills based upon this report will be considered by the Texas Legislature in the 2019 legislative session, which begins this coming January. Further entries in this series will address particular changes proposed by the Sunset Commission that are most likely to affect DPS licensees, such as those represented by FosterLaw. If you would like to read about the Sunset process, you can do so at the Sunset website.