Legislators Planning to Restructure State Government

DECEMBER 22, 2004 - Posted at 7:42 a.m. CST

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Legislators say they want to avoid what happened in 2003, when a bid to streamline state government never made it through the Legislature.

Legislators say they want to hear from citizens during a new move to reform how state government is organized.

A legislative committee is considering whether to approve spending $67,000 on a public opinion survey on reorganizing state government.

In 2003, House opponents rejected a plan backed by Governor Huckabee that would have consolidated 53 state agencies into ten departments.  Legislators said they had too little time to evaluate the implications of the reorganization.

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