Another attempt at restructuring state government will soon get to floor debate, after the Senate Judiciary passed the 131-page Department of Administration bill.
Edgefield’s Shane Massey reintroduced a version of the bill that died in the last days of the last session. The revised bill adds more legislative oversight of cabinet agencies.
AUDIO: Massey explains oversight (:22)
AUDIO: Democrat Vincent Sheheen of Kershaw, says this oversight is important (:20)
AUDIO: Charleston’s Chip Campsen had questions about extra work for lawmakers (:24)
The bill once again does away with the Budget and Control board and redistributes agency duties with the administrative functions going under a new Department of Administration. The agency would serve under the governor.
Despite the measure’s overwhelming support last year, it died on a procedural vote.
AUDIO: Darlington’s Gerald Malloy questioned the need to fastrack this bill.
AUDIO: Chairman Larry Martin of Pickens, who tried to get the bill passed last session, retorted (:26)
The Senate Judiciary Committee voted 19-2 to forward the bill to the floor for debate.