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Senate panel approves reorganization plan

DES MOINES (KWWL) - A Senate panel has given initial approval to a government reorganization plan aimed at trimming $40 million in state spending in the first year.  Lawmakers on Wednesday rejected arguments that there was little objective evidence that the savings were real.  The Senate State Government Committee approved the plan on a 10-4 vote along party lines, with Democrats favoring and Republicans opposing. It now goes to the full Senate for debate as early as next week.  Backers of the plan say it saves money by consolidating purchasing programs and computer networks throughout state government. It also merges eight relatively small agencies into other organizations to save administrative costs.  A host of boards and commissions are either eliminated or consolidated under the plan.

Multimedia Journalist:  Bob Waters

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