Actual good news: Legislative panel looking to eliminate state boards

Victor Joecks

Ronald Reagan once said, “No government ever voluntarily reduces itself in size. Government programs, once launched, never disappear. Actually, a government bureau is the nearest thing to eternal life we’ll ever see on this earth!”

There’s a lot of truth in that statement, which is why it’s so encouraging to see the legislative sunset commission actually talking about eliminating up to 35 state boards and commissions.

During the first meeting of Legislature’s Sunset Subcommittee, members identified the boards and commissions they want to call in and ask to provide justification for their continued existence.

Some such as the Commission on Sports have not met in decades and clearly will be abolished. …

The Sunset Subcommittee was created through a bill sponsored by Sen. Ben Kieckhefer, R-Reno. Approved unanimously and signed by Gov. Brian Sandoval, the law allows the subcommittee to determine whether boards or commissions “should be terminated, modified, consolidated with another agency or continued.” …

The subcommittee’s recommendations are due June 30 and on the same day every other year.

Any recommendations made next year must be approved by the Legislature in 2013 before a board can be eliminated.

Sen. Kieckhefer should be applauded for his work on this issue.

Let’s hope that in 2013, lawmakers continue eliminating inefficient areas of government.