[r18] Rep. Wolkins' bill promoting smaller government moving along (2/16/2012)

Thursday, February 16, 2012 7:00 pm

Start Date:  2/16/2012    
End Date:  2/16/2012    

STATEHOUSE—Members of the Senate Committee on Public Policy passed Rep. Dave Wolkins’ (R-Winona Lake) legislation, House Bill (HB) 1002, which calls for a smaller government, out of committee.

Aiming for a leaner, more efficient state government, members of the Select Committee on Government Reduction – which Rep. Wolkins serves as Vice Chair – met during the interim to take a detailed look at hundreds of state boards, commissions and committees.

As a result, the committee listed 25 boards, councils and commissions that were deemed duplicative, unnecessary, outdated or inefficient. HB 1002 calls for all 25 boards, commissions and committees to be eliminated. If enacted, this legislation would also reduce the number of gubernatorial, legislative and administrative appointments by at least 283 people.

“The committee’s recommendation to eliminate these groups is not a reflection on their subject matter, but rather on the fact that many of them haven’t even formally met in years,” said Rep. Wolkins. “Overall, Indiana has too many boards, commissions and committees that are not relevant, and we addressed this issue with HB 1002.”

In addition to cleaning up boards and commissions, HB 1002 would help streamline several state agencies. For example, provisions would eliminate the Indiana Economic Development Corporation’s (IEDC) unnecessary reporting requirements to allow staff more time in attracting new jobs to Indiana and less time submitting duplicative reports.

“The idea behind this is simple - minimizing administrative work will save the agency, state and taxpayers time, money and resources.”

HB 1002 now heads to the full Senate for further discussion. If passed into law, HB 1002 will take effect upon passage.