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Lawmakers propose commission to consider overhauling and closing state departments

SchmidtTafanelliTwo state lawmakers are proposing to establish an independent commission to find ways to consolidate, overhaul or eliminate state departments.

Senate Majority Leader Derek Schmidt, R-Indendence, and Rep. Lee Tafanelli, R- Ozawkie, are proposing what they call a “BRAC” commission for state government.

BRAC is the acronym of the federal Base Realignment and Closure Commission, which was empaneled by Congress to handle the politically delicate matter of identifying unneeded military bases to be shut down.

The commission proposed by Schmidt and Tafanelli would be called the Kansas Government Streamlining Commission.

Members would be appointed by legislative leadership and the governor and would be authorized to examine all aspects of state government.