COLUMBIA, S.C. -- The House has again approved a government restructuring bill that transfers many bureaucratic duties to the governor’s office.
The reform plan approved 91-23 Wednesday would eliminate the powerful but little-understood Budget and Control Board and transfer its employees to other existing and newly created agencies.
Another perfunctory vote on Thursday will send the measure to a conference committee of House and Senate members to work out the differences in their chambers’ plans.
House leaders note it’s that chamber’s fifth time approving a bill creating a Department of Administration. A similar bill came close to passing last year but died as senators failed to vote on a compromise before the session ended.
Advocates say it streamlines government and makes it more accountable. Opponents say it just rearranges and renames government offices.