The Joint Sunset Committee, as of January 2017, is the Joint Legislative Oversight and Sunset Committee (JLOSC). JLOSC performs periodic legislative review of agencies, commissions or boards. The purpose of the review is to determine whether or not there is a genuine public need for the agency and, if so, determine if the agency is effectively performing to meet that need. The purpose of this chapter is not to terminate agencies which are sufficiently meeting a recognized State need and which are accountable to and responsive to the public interests. Rather, the purpose is to use the review mechanism to strengthen and support these agencies.
The Joint Legislative Oversight and Sunset Committee is responsible for guiding the sunset process. The JLOSC is a 10 member legislative body composed of 5 members of the Senate appointed by the President Pro Tempore; and 5 members of the House of Representatives appointed by the Speaker of the House. Assisting the JLOSC is a staff analyst who develops the reports used by the JLOSC to draw conclusions about the agencies under review.