October 24, 2014

DOA/Restructuring bill revived in Senate (AUDIO)

Another attempt at restructuring state government will soon get to floor debate, after the Senate Judiciary passed the 131-page Department of Administration bill.

Massey tries once again to push through Department of Administration bill

Massey tries once again to push through 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.