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Senate Bill 1215 would require that the Sunset Advisory Commission conduct a study of the feasibility and benefits to the state of Texas of abolishing the property tax assistance division of the office of the comptroller of public accounts and transferring its powers and duties to an independent agency.
The commission would have to provide a report on the results of the study to the governor, the lieutenant governor, the speaker of the house of representatives and the appropriate standing committees of the senate and the house of representatives before September 1, 2016.
The provisions of Senate Bill 1215 do not affect our Liberty Principles. As a consequence, we will remain neutral on this bill. However, to be clear, while we do not object to a study we would object to the creation of a new state agency based on our limited government principle.