Senate passes government restructuring bills

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Proposals from Gov. Nathan Deal to restructure some of state government’s smaller agencies were approved by the Georgia Senate Tuesday.

The Senate voted 48-2 to pass HB 642, which consolidates the functions of the State Personnel Administration (formerly known as the State Merit System) into the Department of Administrative Services (DOAS).

Sen. Ronnie Chance said the consolidation of the government agencies would save the state an estimated $2.7 million annually, but did not have a fiscal note attesting to the financial savings.

If the House agrees to Senate changes in HB 642, it will go to Deal for his signature.

The Senate unanimously passed a companion bill, HB 805, which officially abolishes the State Personnel Administration.

Senators voted 48-1 to pass HB 729, the annual bill that revamps the Georgia tax code to incorporate changes made in federal tax laws.  The House will also have to agree to Senate changes in the bill before it goes to the governor.

The House of Representatives approved SB 343, which designates the state accounting officer as the official comptroller general of Georgia – a title and responsibility that formerly belonged to the state insurance commissioner.

© 2012 by The Georgia Report

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