Governor Sanford Issues Statement on Restructuring Bill's Passage
GOVERNOR THANKS HOUSE FOR PASSAGE OF DEPT. OF ADMINISTRATION BILL
Governor Mark Sanford today issued the following statement on the S.C. House of Representative's unanimous passage of a Department of Administration bill, a key component of restructuring legislation the governor has called for since being elected:
"This bill is ultimately about making government more accountable to the people of this state, and about moving South Carolina one step closer to how government is run in 49 other states,"; Gov. Sanford said. "Whether it's been in the numerous restructuring studies over the years or more recently in the GEAR report, we've seen time and time again that our current government structure is unaccountable, because when everyone is in charge, no one is in charge. To that end, I'd give credit to Chairman Harrison and Representative Garry Smith for their work in moving this bill forward, and I'd ask the Senate to do the same. I'd also give real credit to the House as a whole for passing this bill in unanimous fashion, because I think it is an indication that they're committed to continuing this conversation about making our government more efficient and more accountable. Finally, I'd single out Speaker Harrell for his leadership on this front, because without his commitment to moving this bill forward today's vote wouldn't have been possible."
The bill, H.3590, would for the first time create a Department of Administration that would house key administrative support functions currently under the Budget and Control Board. Those functions moved would include the General Services Division, the state's Chief Information Officer, Human Resources, Procurement, and the state Energy Office