Va. GOP: Get Rid of Superfluous Boards

Monday, 07 Mar 2011 01:16 PM

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Republican lawmakers in Virginia are leading the charge to eliminate 11 state boards and commissions to save about $1 million, the Richmond Times Dispatch reported Monday.

State Del. Christopher K. Peace, a Hanover Republican, and Sen. Stephen H. Martin, a Chesterfield Republican, sponsored the legislation. They said the boards rarely meet and their functions can be performed by other state agencies. The move would save about $1 million over five years.

The boards slated to be eliminated include the Plant Pollination Advisory Board, the Rail Advisory Board and the Migrant/Seasonal Farmworker Board.

The state has more than 300 board and commissions. Gov. Bob McDonnell's Reform Commission suggested getting rid of some of them as a way to streamline government and reduce costs.

Peace said he would like to add to the list of boards that get eliminated. One board, the hazardous materials board, has not met since 1998, and all its members have expired terms. Others have trouble getting a quorum to conduct any business.

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