[R18] Governor signs Rep. Wolkins' bill promoting smaller government (3/28/2012)

Wednesday, March 28, 2012 7:00 pm

Start Date:  3/28/2012  All Day  
End Date:  3/28/2012    

Elkhart County

Rep. Dave Wolkins joined Gov. Mitch Daniels today as he signed House Enrolled Act (HEA) 1002, legislation that calls for smaller state government. HEA 1002 repeals 23 various committees, commissions and boards throughout state government that were deemed outdated, duplicative, unnecessary or inefficient by the Select Committee on Government Reduction.

The committee – of which Rep. Wolkins serves as Vice Chair – met during the interim to review hundreds of state committees, commissions and boards in an effort to create a leaner, more efficient government at the request of Speaker Brian C. Bosma (R-Indianapolis).

Additionally, this legislation would reduce more than 200 gubernatorial appointments, eliminating per diem and other expenditures to the state.

“Many of these committees, commissions and boards have not even formally met in years – so we labeled them as outdated or unnecessary,” said Rep. Wolkins. “However, some of them were duplicative or just not efficient, and the state and taxpayers will save money as a result of their elimination.

“Additionally, this legislation consolidates some existing committees, commissions and boards in an effort to make them operate more efficiently and effectively without completely eliminating them.”

HEA 1002 will go into full effect by January 1, 2013.