Byline: Log News Service
SACRAMENTO (LOG NEWS SERVICE) — The Little Hoover Commission, the state’s top independent government oversight body, voted May 22 to recommend that the California Legislature allow Gov. Jerry Brown’s government reorganization plan — which includes eliminating the Department of Boating and Waterways (Cal Boating) and the Boating and Waterways Commission — to go into effect. The plan would transfer the functions of Cal Boating to a division of the Department of Parks and Recreation, and the duties performed by the Boating and Waterways Commission would be absorbed by Parks and Recreation.
Brown submitted the reorganization plan — which he said will make government more efficient by eliminating and consolidating agencies, departments and programs; eliminating unnecessary boards, commissions and advisory groups — to the Little Hoover Commission March 30.
“The Little Hoover Commission’s unanimous endorsement of this plan moves us one step closer to a more streamlined state government,” Brown said in a statement.
The governor’s plan, which is currently being considered in the Legislature, is now set to go into effect unless it is rejected by a majority vote of either the California Senate or Assembly before July 3. It would become operative July 1, 2013.
Existing law establishes Cal Boating in the Natural Resources Agency as a department. Its responsibilities include providing loans and grants for the establishment or improvement of recreational boating facilities throughout the state. The Boating and Waterways Commission is established by law to provide advice to Cal Boating on matters within its jurisdiction and its consent is required for all boating facility loans and grants.
The Little Hoover Commission is a bipartisan, independent state agency charged with recommending ways to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of state government operations.
Once final revisions are made, the Little Hoover Commission’s report on the governor’s plan will be available online at lhc.ca.gov.