House Fails to Approve State Agency Safety Net

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

AUSTIN, Texas -- A host of state agencies including the Texas Department of Transportation will cease to exist unless the House takes extraordinary action in the next 24 hours, or in a special session.

The House failed to meet a midnight Sunday deadline to pass a safety net bill that would put off the "sunset" dates on agencies that oversee everything from environmental quality to workers compensation.

Under Texas sunset law, state agencies are reviewed periodically. The Legislature must vote to continue operations or they are abolished.

This session bills to keep the Texas Department of Insurance, the Texas Department of Transportation and the Texas Racing Commission have yet to pass. The session ends Monday.

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