HB 456 Passes Final Legislative Test

ATLANTA (March 29, 2012) – Legislation that will create a mechanism to determine the continued need and existence of state-run programs and agencies has passed its final legislative test with the approval of a Senate substitute by the Georgia House of Representatives. HB 456 passed on the last day of the 2012 Legislative Session and will now travel to Governor Deal for signature into law. The bill was carried in the Senate by Sen. Judson Hill (R-Marietta), a long-time supporter of the measure.

“As public servants, we owe it to our constituents to ensure the responsible use of taxpayer dollars and eliminate wasteful spending. This means we need increase our accountability by routinely evaluating our programs and services,” said Sen. Hill.  “I am pleased by the House’s support of this fiscally responsible legislation and that the merit of the Senate substitute was recognized by our colleagues.”

HB 456 passed the Senate by substitute earlier this week and was transferred back to the House for final approval. The legislation calls for the creation of the General Assembly Legislative Sunset Advisory Committee to determine a method for the routine review of all state agencies. The Committee must also establish the criteria in order to evaluate whether a public need exists for the continuation of a state agency or function, and can only recommend legislative action, not abolishment.

The Committee is to be composed of seven members of the House of Representatives appointed by the Speaker of the House and seven members of the Senate, appointed by the President of the Senate. The Committee must also include one of the Governor’s floor leaders and one member of the minority party from each Chamber.

March 29, 2012

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