Gov't Reorganization Passes House Committee

April 9, 2003
Posted at: 1:13 p.m. CDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- After weeks of gridlock, a House committee Wednesday approved the governor's plan to reorganize state government.

The bill cleared the House State Agencies and Government Affairs Committee after one legislator who had been opposed changed his vote.

Representative Charles Ormond of Morrilton voted for the measure after offering a minor amendment regarding a portion establishing a state Department of Agriculture. His change would mean promotion boards would retain their current authority.

Ormond says some of his constituent urged him to vote for the measure and he hasn't made any deals with the bill's backers.

The bill passed the committee on a vote of eleven to nine. The bill goes to the Senate for consideration of the changes.

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