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Governor Ernie Fletcher Commends State Senate for Passing Reorganization Bills
Press Release Date:  February 07, 2005
Contact:  Doug Hogan
Jeannie Lausche

Governor calls on House to act quickly

Frankfort, KY: Governor Ernie Fletcher commended the Kentucky Senate today for its unanimous passage of six reorganization bills. The bills now await approval by the Kentucky State House of Representatives.

“It is important for the House to act quickly and pass these important bills,” Governor Fletcher stated. “My administration has worked hard to bring efficiency and effectiveness to every aspect of state government, and confirmation of cabinet reorganization is essential to this process.”

The Senate officially approved reorganization of the Transportation Cabinet (SB 39), Environmental and Public Protection Cabinet (SB 41), Personnel Cabinet (SB 43), Kentucky Office of Homeland Security (SB 44), Education Cabinet (SB 46) and Finance and Administration Cabinet (SB 49). All of these departments were previously reorganized by Executive Order and require legislative approval.

The reorganization bills will:

  • Eliminate and streamline several internal agencies in each cabinet, reflecting Governor Fletcher’s commitment to improve management and promote efficiency at all levels of state government.
  • Continue reforms at the Transportation Cabinet under Secretary Clay Bailey, reducing the overall workforce to 5,300 people (down from as many as 9,500 in the 1970s).
  • Combine three former cabinet-level departments under the purview of one administrator, Environmental and Public Protection Secretary LaJuana Wilcher. Additionally, the reorganization will reduce the number of permit backlogs and promote other efficiencies.
  • Elevate the Department of Personnel to cabinet status, in addition to other important internal changes. Personnel Secretary Erwin Roberts is the newest member of the Governor’s Executive Cabinet.
  • Officially recognize the important and increased role of the Kentucky Office of Homeland Security, under the new leadership of Keith Hall. Governor Fletcher recently expanded the capabilities and responsibilities of this important office, and the Senate has affirmed its own support by quickly acting to confirm the Governor’s Executive Order.
  • Place all relevant educational entities under Education Secretary Virginia Fox to foster communication, cohesiveness and a more effective delivery of educational services, including attachment of the Council on Postsecondary Education and the Education Professional Standards Board.
  • Transfer the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority, the Kentucky River Authority and the Kentucky Teachers’ Retirement System Board of Trustees to the Finance and Administration Cabinet under Secretary Robbie Rudolph.

Senator Dan Kelly, R-Springfield sponsored the reorganization bills.  Governor Fletcher thanked Senator Kelly and members of leadership for “passing these important bills in a timely manner.  I hope the House leadership will work in a similar manner to affirm these important reforms.”


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Last updated: Thursday, June 02, 2005