COLUMBIA -- Gov. Nikki Haley's bid to move much of the state's bureaucracy into a new agency she would oversee has won initial approval.

A House Judiciary subcommittee unanimously approved legislation creating a Department of Administration that would move many day-to-day functions out of a financial oversight board that is controlled by a mix of state officers and legislators.

Haley told the panel that South Carolina deserves what nearly every other state has while allowing a governor to work faster to deal with state issues. "Forty-eight other states realize this is a practice that works," she said.

Haley already has decided that Christian Soura would be her "point person" for the administrative agency. Haley spokesman Rob Godfrey said Soura is currently working for $1 a year as Haley's special assistant.

The measure moves to the House Judiciary Committee.