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Texas Board of Nursing to Undergo Review by the Texas Sunset Advisory Commission

Date Created:Monday, January, 2016

The Texas Board of Nursing (BON) will undergo review by the Texas Sunset Advisory Commission during the 2016-2017 review cycle for the 85th Legislative Session. The Texas Sunset Advisory Commission was established by the Texas Legislature following passage of the Texas Sunset Act in 1977. The Sunset Advisory Commission performs periodic assessments of state agencies to answer this basic question for the legislature: Are the agency’s functions necessary, and if so, how can its functions be done more efficiently?

The Sunset review process entails three phases that ultimately lead to a legislative determination of whether the agency will continue to exist with improvements or be abolished with authority to continue its functions up to one year following the legislation. In the first phase, the agency performs a global self-evaluation of its functions that are documented in the agency’s self-evaluation report. The Texas Board of Nursing Self-Evaluation Report was completed in September, 2015 and is publicly available on the Texas Sunset Advisory Commission website at: www.sunset.texas.gov/reviews-and-reports/agencies/texas-board-nursing-tbn During this phase, Sunset Commission staff review the self-evaluation report, receive confiden­tial public input, evaluate the agency, identify problems, develop recommen­dations, and publish a staff report. BON staff encourages nursing stakeholders to review the Texas Board of Nursing Self-Evaluation Report and provide input. A public input form is available at: www.sunset.texas.gov/input-form.

The second phase of the Sunset review process commences with a Sunset staff presentation of its report and recom­mendations with an opportunity for the agency to present its response. Public testimony is heard by the Commission during this phase and published on the Texas Sunset Advisory Commission website at: https://www.sunset.texas.gov/. The Commission meets following the public hearing to consider and vote on which changes will be recommended to the full Texas Legislature during the 85th Legislative Session.

The third and final phase of the Sunset review process entails legislative action. A Sunset bill on the agency is drafted, filed, and goes through the normal bill procedures. The Senate and House hold committee hearings to debate the bill leading to either bill passage or failed adoption. Finally, the Governor signs, vetoes, or allows the bill to become law without signature. This final outcome determines whether the agency continues with improvements or is abolished with the authority to continue it functions up to one year following the decision.

BON staff appreciate nursing stakeholder input throughout the Sunset review pro­cess. For more information, please visit the Texas Sunset Advisory Commission website at: https://www.sunset.texas.gov/.




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