SB 1216

84(R) - 2015
Senate Education
Senate Education
Sunset Act

Vote Recommendation

  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Positive
  • Neutral


Paul Bettencourt

Bill Caption

Relating to abolishing certain county boards of education, boards of county school trustees, and offices of county school superintendent.

Fiscal Notes

No significant fiscal implication to the State. 

Local Government

This analysis assumes the HCDE would realize costs of $217,318 in fiscal year 2016 and $23,257 in fiscal year 2017 in addition to other administrative costs necessary to make information and resources available to the SAC for the review.

Bill Analysis

SB 1216 would direct the Sunset Advisory Commission (SAC) to perform a sunset review of the Harris County Department of Education (HCDE) as if the HCDE were scheduled to be abolished on September 1, 2017. The bill would require the SAC to determine the cost of performing the review and the HCDE to pay the cost incurred by the SAC upon receipt of a statement detailing the cost. This section would expire on September 1, 2019.

Vote Recommendation Notes

This bill affirms the principle of limited government. Harris County Department of Education is one of the last county school districts in Texas. Reviewing the district is important to determine if this district is still necessary, since there is an overlap of services between HCDE and another regional educational service center. For this reason, we support SB 1216.