Smith: House passes bill to help reduce government inefficiencies

Posted by: Nick Seifer  | Monday, January 30, 2017

STATEHOUSE (Jan. 30, 2017) — The House of Representatives voted unanimously today in support of State Rep. Milo Smith’s (R-Columbus) legislative proposal that would provide state offices and agencies a more streamlined process for voicing government inefficiencies.

“As a member of the House Select Committee on Government Reduction, I am always searching for ways to cut excess spending,” Smith said. “Government employees are the best resources we have in seeing what state laws, rules and regulations need to be changed or repealed and many do not have a streamlined process to report their concerns right now.”

House Bill 1369 would require every state agency to annually compile a list of every law they find inefficient or unnecessary and report it to the Select Committee on Government Reduction. The lists would give the committee a clear outline of laws and regulations they could work on amending, changing or eliminating.

Currently, Indiana has no law relating to the reporting of unnecessary or unused laws. The House of Representatives created the House Select Committee on Government Reduction, a special panel aimed at eliminating unnecessary regulations and government obstacles, six years ago. Smith said the committee has made some great progress and hopes his bill will empower agencies to make government more efficient.

Smith’s bill will now go to the Senate for further consideration.

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State Rep. Milo Smith represents House District 59,

which contains portions of Bartholomew County.

 

A high-resolution photo of Smith can be downloaded by clicking here.