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Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin signs legislation eliminating more than 65 Boards and Commissions

April 17, 2017: Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin, as part of his Red Tape Reduction initiative, has signed documents to eliminate more than sixty-five obsolete, inactive and superseded Boards and Commissions. A 2012 Legislative Research Commission (LRC) study identified 571 boards, commissions and similar entities such as authorities, councils and committees in Kentucky—a figure “nearly twice the number of the typical state.” Bevin issued an executive order on March 23, 2017, eliminating twenty-nine boards and commissions that were originally established by gubernatorial executive order. “This Administration desires and will implement more effective and efficient management of state government operations and resources,” Bevin wrote in the order. “The dissolution of boards and commissions that are no longer active or necessary will aid in securing this greater efficiency and effectiveness.” State House Bill 276, which was signed into law on March 21, 2017, eliminates twenty-eight boards and commissions that were originally created by legislative action, and Senate Bill 249, which was signed into law on March 27, 2017, eliminates eleven additional boards, commissions and task forces. Among the boards and commissions abolished were entities such as the Kentucky Adoption 2002 Strategic Planning Task Force, the Capitol Centennial Commission and the War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission, which completed their work in 2002, 2010 and 2015 respectively. These actions, along with sunset provisions and board consolidations, reduce the number of active boards on the books to under 400. No board members, funds or services to taxpayers will be impacted.

Attribution: Kentucky Governor's Office

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