Senators in a subcommittee Thursday passed a handful of bills to restructure state government. Among those were initial plans for a Department of Administration.
A beginning framework was submitted as a chart, dividing the current Budget and Control Board functions into different agencies, some of them new. See .pdf of chart created by the Senate Finance Committee to outline new structure.
Judiciary subcommittee member Chip Campsen says the Department of Administration will not replace the state Budget and Control Board. Instead the new agency will take on state government administrative and service-related functions so that the budget board can then focus on the “policy and related matters that it really should be focusing upon.”
Senator John Scott (D-Richland), also on the Senate panel, says there will be changes to the draft plan for the Department of Administration, including where the Commission on Human Affairs will be placed.
The state government restructuring bills now go to the full Judiciary Committee,where senators will work out more details.