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Reorganizing Government May Go Past Next Legislative Session

SEPTEMBER 21, 2004 - Posted at 4:27 p.m. CDT


LITTLE ROCK, AR - Legislators forming a plan to reorganize state government said today that the job may be too big to complete in time for the 2005 regular session.

The disclosure prompted some state agency heads who help formulate Governor Huckabee's plan to question whether lawmakers were just spinning their wheels.

Last month, the House and Senate State Agencies and Governmental Affairs committees agreed to study reorganizing state government.  The expectation was to formulate a plan in time for the regular session that convenes in January.

A subcommitee of legislators and state agency officials agreed today to compose a mission statement outlining its goals for reorganization.  Among its provisions is to be whether the panel's top priority will be reducing the cost of government or providing state services more efficiently.

No deadline for producing recommendations was set.  But with the study beginning so late in the year and state budget hearings in advance of the regular session beginning next month, lawmakers give themselves little time for a comprehensive study.

(Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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