February 11, 2003
Posted at: 5:07 p.m. CST
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- The Arkansas Senate approved Governor Huckabee's government reorganization bill today without debate. The 22-to-eleven vote came after a 90-minute long question and answer session between senators and members of the Huckabee administration.
The proposal aims to merge 53 agencies and boards into ten major state departments.
Huckabee has said that while his government reorganization plan would produce long-term savings, the immediate goal is to increase government efficiency. He says that would be a good faith gesture to Arkansas taxpayers, who may be asked to pay higher taxes for court-ordered educational improvements.
Some are opposed to the measure, including farmers who aren't happy about a proposed state Department of Agriculture.