Georgia, as well as the rest of the nation, continues to slug through this economic down turn. It is absolutely imperative we continue to maintain a governing philosophy that looks at scrutinizing each agency to determine if tax-supported services and agencies are still needed. Furthermore, I have demonstrated a commitment to reduce the size of government and its unnecessary intrusion into the lives of Georgians.
This past legislative session, I voted to pass HB 456, also known as the Georgia Government Accountability Act. This bill would allow the state to determine whether there is a continued need for existing state-run programs and agencies. This would be done through the Joint Legislative Sunset Advisory Committee, which would evaluate state agencies and entities based on their productivity, efficiency and responsiveness. The committee would then submit its findings to the General Assembly with a recommendation for legislative action that could include privatization, consolidation or elimination of the state program or agency. This law has been enacted in other states like Texas and has proven to save millions of dollars to state government.