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Governor Brown’s Government Reorganization Plan Approved

Posted: July 5, 2012 5:40 p.m.
Updated: July 5, 2012 5:40 p.m.
 

 

Sacramento, CA – Today, the California State Senate approved a package of five bills enacting into State Code Governor Jerry Brown’s reorganization of state agencies, boards and commissions.

The Governor’s government reorganization plan is the largest reorganization of state agencies, boards and commissions in recent state history affecting more than 30 areas of government saving California money and increasing state government efficiency.

Senator Fran Pavley (D-Agoura Hills) said, “This is an important reorganization and a big step in untangling bureaucracy and making it easier for California residents to find services and information they need.”

The Governor’s reorganization plan included elements of Senator Pavley’s Senate Bill 1484, which proposed to cut through red tape by moving the state Infrastructure and Economic Development Bank out from under the Business, Transportation and Housing Agency, into the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GOBIZ). “Critically needed infrastructure funding will now be streamlined to help expedite job creation.”

The Senate action today enacts the Governor’s plan and reduces the number of agencies from 12 to 10, consolidates similar governmental bodies and eliminates unnecessary or duplicative departments and programs. Some of the areas state agencies, boards and commissions will be consolidated include economic development, consumer services, housing, real estate, transportation and natural resources, as well as others.

California’s top independent government oversight body, The Little Hoover Commission a bipartisan, independent state agency charged with recommending ways to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of state government operations approved the Governor’s reorganization plan in May.

A copy of the Little Hoover Commission’s report to the Legislature on the Governor’s reorganization plan can reviewed at:

http://www.lhc.ca.gov/studies/211/Report211.pdf

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