(March 23, 2010, NASHVILLE, TN) – State Senator Jim Tracy and Representative Pat Marsh, both of Shelbyville, have passed a bill that aims to increase efficiency within state government departments. House Bill 3007 won approval from an overwhelming majority in the State House of Representatives late last week, and from the State Senate Monday evening. The bill is now on its way to the Governor for his signature.
Specifically, the bill encourages departments within state government to take comments and suggestions from both employees and the public on how to improve efficiency. As the state struggles with a budget gap, Representative Marsh stressed the importance of all departments operating as efficiently as possible using innovative techniques.
“As a business owner, I know that there is always room for improvement,” said Representative Marsh. “Departments that implement this will essentially have a ‘suggestion box’ that they use to improve efficiency and save money, which is critical right now.”
Further, each department is encouraged to add a public comment portal to their individual websites to facilitate suggestions from the general public. As departments implement the program, they will be required to report back to the General Assembly on the success of the plans during the annual budget hearings in Senate and House committees.
“The public comment aspect of the bill is very important. Our departments utilize dollars provided by the taxpayers, so it makes perfect sense to allow them have input. It is important for state government to do all it can to improve efficiency, and reject the out-of-control spending mentality that is currently taking over Washington, D.C. Tennessee can set the standard for economic efficiency with this legislation,” Senator Tracy concluded.
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