HB 595

83(R) - 2013

Vote Recommendation

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Lois Kolkhorst

Bill Caption

Relating to the repeal of certain health programs and councils, to the review of certain health programs, panels, councils, systems, foundations, centers, committees, and divisions under the Texas Sunset Act.

Fiscal Notes

Estimated Two-year Net Impact to General Revenue Related Funds for HB595, Committee Report 1st House, Substituted: a positive impact of $24,502,000 through the biennium ending August 31, 2015. The bill would make no appropriation but could provide the legal basis for an appropriation of funds to implement the provisions of the bill.

Bill Analysis

Summary: HB 595 abolishes certain health care councils, programs, and task forces that have proliferated in Texas statute and redistributes their responsibilities and puts any savings into General Revenue. These programs have run their course and fulfilled their statutory purposes, but they remain in law drawing resources away from other important purposes.

Analysis: HB 595 limits government by abolishing programs that have become unnecessary and redistributing their resources to other parts of government. This allows agencies responsible for these programs, councils and task forces  to use their resources more efficiently for purposes that are needed now. This saves taxpayer resources and ensures resources are going toward programs that Texans need, not ones that have run their course and are simply left in law. Vote “yes,” on HB 595.