Governor's Reorganization Plan Meets with Skeptics

February 4, 2003
Posted at: 4:15 p.m. CST

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Some legislators are concerned about a loss of legislative authority under Governor Huckabee's government reorganization plan.

Huckabee pitched his proposal to reduce dozens of government agencies into ten departments to the State State Agencies Committee today.

In the debate that followed, some legislators expressed skepticism. Senator Jimmy Jeffress of Crossett worries that he would no longer be able to make one phone call to an agency director and get things done.

Under Huckabee's plan, each department would be headed by a Cabinet-level secretary, with bureau directors and office deputies heading many of the same agencies in existence now.

Senator Shane Broadway of Bryant suggested that officials add a provision to Huckabee's bill. Broadway's suggested addition would require the governor's appointees to top positions go before the Legislature for confirmation. The bill has not come to a vote.

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