Executive Order RP44 - Relating to Transition of Functions from the Texas Workers' Compensation Commission to the Texas Department of Insurance.
GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF TEXAS
WHEREAS, the 79th Texas Legislature passed House Bill No. 7 relating to the reform of the workers' compensation system in Texas, and as part of those reforms abolished the Texas Workers' Compensation Commission ("TWCC") and transferred certain identified functions to the Texas Department of Insurance ("TDI"); and
WHEREAS, House Bill No. 7 provided for the creation of the division of workers' compensation at the TDI to handle functions related to the operation of the workers' compensation system in Texas; and
WHEREAS, the division of workers' compensation is created effective September 1, 2005, and a commissioner of workers' compensation is to be named no later than October 1, 2005; and
WHEREAS, in order to provide for the complete transition of authority, property, staff, and operations to the division of workers' compensation within TDI no later than February 28, 2006; and
WHEREAS, House Bill No. 7 has been signed into law to be effective September 1, 2005;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Perry, Governor of Texas, by virtue of the power and authority vested in me by the Constitution and laws of the State of Texas as Governor and Chief Executive Officer do hereby order the following:
The TDI shall immediately begin coordinating with TWCC commissioners and executive management to effectuate an orderly transfer of functions, staff, property, and operations to the workers' compensation division at TDI.
The TDI commissioner, or his designee, shall provide resources, guidance, and direction in effectuating this transition effort.
The TWCC shall designate a point of contact for transition efforts.
TWCC commissioners, executive management, and staff shall immediately offer all due assistance and cooperation to the TDI commissioner, or his designee, to effectuate an efficient transition.
The TDI shall complete this transition no later than February 28, 2006, and shall present periodic status reports to the Office of the Governor and a final status report to the commissioner of the workers' compensation division upon his or her appointment, including recommendations for further action.
This executive order supersedes all previous orders in conflict or inconsistent with its terms and shall remain in effect and in full force until modified, amended, rescinded, or superseded by me or by a succeeding Governor.
Given under my hand this the 9th day of June, 2005.
Secretary of State