There are around 400 boards and commissions created by legislative action. Some of them are required by federal law in order for the state to receive money, others have statutory or appropriations authority. During the October 16, 2019, the Government Operations Interim Committee discussed proposed draft legislation to repeal a number of boards and commissions. Through the legislative discussion, four of the proposed for repeal were moved to the sunset list.( Rehabilitation Services Advisory Council, Residential Child Care Licensing advisory Committee, State Weed Committee, and Women in the Economy Commission Act). It was also approved that if a board or commission that doesn't have statutory or appropriations authority, will have a sunset date of four to five years. The goal is to have a review every four to five years of each board and commission. Additionally, this review will inform legislators and the public the works and accomplishments of each group.
Tim Funk, Crossroads Urban, provided the only public comment and spoke against having the Committee on Consumer Services being repealed. After his testimony, the interim committee moved the Committee on the sunset list.
During the November 20, 2019 interim meeting, the Government Operations Interim Committee will vote on repealing a number of boards and commissions. If you or your organization is concerned about repealing a certain board or commission, please contact the legislative staff for this interim committee Brian J. Bean, Policy Analyst. Please consider providing public comment by eitehr e-mailing the Committee's Chairs Sen. Daniel W. Thatcher (R) and Rep. Marc K. Roberts (R).