AUSTIN, TX - State Senator Van Taylor today filed SB 289, the Government Growth Disclosure Act, requiring all state agencies to include a government growth impact statement in their notices for proposed rule changes.
"The people of Texas expect and deserve a lean, efficient, and transparent government," stated Taylor. "In the Legislature I am constantly fighting to limit the size and reach of government and air those debates in full public view. However, a government agency can quietly grow government through rulemaking without the people of Texas engaged in the process or even aware it is happening. That is why I am filing the Government Growth Disclosure Act requiring every agency to clearly state if a proposed rule increases the agency's size, budget, or scope of power."
While several disclosures are required as part of the rulemaking process, these notices do not sufficiently describe the effect that the rule changes will have on an agency's size, functions, budget, or scope of power. Under the Government Growth Disclosure Act, an impact statement must plainly disclose whether a proposed rule creates or eliminates an agency program; requires more or fewer employees; increases or decreases fees; creates a new regulation; eliminates an existing regulation; and, among other requirements, whether the rule will have a positive or adverse effect on the state economy.
A seventh generation Texan, local small businessman, and decorated Marine Officer, Van Taylor serves the majority of Collin County and a portion of Dallas County in the Texas Senate where he is widely recognized as a conservative leader. Taylor serves as Vice-Chairman of both the Nominations Committee and the Sunset Advisory Commission. He is also as a member of the Education, Health and Human Services, and Transportation Committees as well as the interim Committee on Property Tax Reform and Relief. Van and his wife, Anne, married after his return from Iraq and are the proud parents of three young girls. Van and his family reside in Plano near the land his great-grandfather farmed during the Great Depression.