The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

February 7, 2013

Alabama Senate poised for government consolidation


Associated Press



MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Government consolidation and efficiency in on the agenda for the Alabama Senate.

Senate leaders said the Senate's work agenda Thursday will include a bill to consolidate and reorganize the more than 20 law enforcement programs in state government. The Senate also plans to take up bills cutting the number of legislative service agencies and reorganizing the state's information technology services, including creating a Cabinet-level secretary for information technology.

Thursday is the first day the Senate can pass any bills in the 2013 session. Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh said having the bills ready for speedy consideration in the Senate shows a commitment to reducing the size and cost of state government.