McDonnell shakes up board structure

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - The governor has long been critical of the hundreds of different commissions and boards designed to help the state create policy. He has vowed to trim and consolidate many of them and this is the first step toward that goal.

Under his proposal the state would dump 2 entire state agencies as well as 19 boards and commissions. He also wants merge 7 agencies and 23 boards and commissions into others.

The casualties include commissions and boards that deal with everything from child care to public broadcasting.

Full fledged agencies with staff and leadership will now be put under the umbrella of other organizations.

For instance...the Human Rights Council will now report to the Attorney General.

The governor's plan is that with these consolidations, mergers and outright eliminations that taxpayers could save as much as $2 million.

Detractors will counter that removing this type of oversight will need to gaps and services and perhaps make things more expensive in the long run.

McDonnell issued two executive orders to get the process moving, but the bulk of this administrative overhaul will have to be approved by the General Assembly.

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